02/21/2015 4:06PM

House Rules survives inquiry to win first graded stakes in Rampart

Barbara D. Livingston
House Rules wins the Rampart Stakes by 1 1/2 lengths Saturday at Gulfstream Park.

House Rules survived a stewards’ inquiry and jockey’s objection to earn the first graded stakes victory of her career in the 36th running of the Grade 3, $100,000 Rampart, the first of eight Saturday stakes at Gulfstream Park.

Ridden by Javier Castellano, House Rules was farthest outside among a three-horse duel passing the eighth pole when she veered in slightly, leading jockey Joe Bravo aboard Sheer Drama to briefly check his mount. House Rules proceeded to edge away from Sheer Drama and Wedding Toast to prevail by 1 1/2 lengths.

Following nearly 10 minutes of scrutinizing the incident, the stewards left the result alone, with House Rules returning $8 as second choice in a field of seven fillies and mares. Sheer Drama, a 22-1 shot, finished second after outlasting Wedding Toast, the 4-5 favorite, by a head.

Owned by Joseph Shields Jr. and trained by Jimmy Jerkens, House Rules was coming off a 9 1/4-length romp in the ungraded Bal Harbour Stakes at Gulfstream. A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred by Distorted Humor, she now has won 5 of 14 career starts. She finished the one-turn mile in 1:36.93 over a fast track.

“At the top of the stretch, I tried to switch leads, and all three horses were there together,” said Castellano. “I didn’t come in at all. I just tried to switch leads with my horse, and finally, she did. I didn’t realize [Sheer Drama] was still there, but still, I was clear and in front of the other horses.”

House Rules now has three wins and three seconds from seven starts over the main track at Gulfstream. She had been trained by Jerkens’ father, Allen, until last summer.

“All of her races in Florida have been terrific,” said Jimmy Jerkens.

After the top three, the order was Oasis at Midnight, Got Lucky, Flutterby, and Thank You Marylou.

The $2 exacta (3-5) paid $107.40, the $1 trifecta (3-5-2) returned $112.40, and the 10-cent superfecta (3-5-2-1) was worth $97.52.

mikeg More than 1 year ago
The article says following nearly 10 minutes of scrutinizing which is not true at all. The entire video clip is just over 6 minutes and that includes the race. They made the decision while the clip was still playing so the Stewards actually only looked for less than 5 minutes.
Eric Rickard More than 1 year ago
true. House rules came over on Bravo's horse and did not have to. No change. Fast forward to the Fountain of youth and Upstart gets bumped by Frosted which causes him to "drift" slightly never touches a Crowding horse and wins for fun… But wait , they take him down. Bravo almost stands up and loses but no…. Just a little inconsistent don't you think!
mikeg More than 1 year ago
I do. I never said they were consistent.
kmunster2003 More than 1 year ago
Obvious DQ. I didn't bet the race. The horse came over one and half paths and smashed the 22-1 shot. All the public asks for is consistancy which unfortunately does not take place in the stewards' booth. Castellano has alot of pull which matters in these decisions. Take care. Kevin
Gunner More than 1 year ago
Despite his best imitation of Cordero, Bravo did not sell the DQ to the Stewards satisfaction. The horse should have been taken down.( Read: The Stewards had the winner) Things, however, would be a bit different later. (Read: The Stewards didn't need the winner)
mikeg More than 1 year ago
"The Stewards had the winner, the Stewards didn't need the winner". Spare us this 3rd grade mentality please. If you think the sport is this corrupt why on earth would you follow it let alone wager on it?
michael More than 1 year ago
House Rules shud have been dq,d. He interfered with Bravos horses and hurt his momentum. We've learned nothing from BC??
Mark More than 1 year ago
Disagree. House Rules was going to win the race and he didn't cause the Drama horse a placing The stewards made the right call. They also made the right call in the Fountain of Youth. That was an obvious DQ.