01/25/2015 1:49PM

New entry rule at Aqueduct causes multiple scratches

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The stewards were forced to scratch eight horses from Sunday’s card at Aqueduct after the racing office erroneously allowed them to be entered in violation of a rule the New York Racing Association put in place just nine days ago.

The scratches resulted into NYRA having to offer two fields of three horses and one of four.

On Jan. 16, in a press release announcing steps it was undertaking to address the spate of equine fatalities at the Aqueduct winter meet, NYRA announced “entries will no longer be accepted at Aqueduct on any horse that has participated in a recognized race within 14 days of that start. Horses will be permitted to start on the 15th day following said race.”

On Sunday’s card - entries for which were taken on Thursday - eight horses were entered who had made their previous start exactly 14 days ago.

“There was a misinterpretation in the office, we dealt with it, we apologized to owners that had horses in that we had to scratch and we move forward,” said Martin Panza, NYRA’s senior vice president of racing operations.

A similar issue is likely to occur on Thursday as 11 of the 63 horses entered would be running back on the 14th day after a race, and therefore will have to be scratched. That includes six of the eight entrants in the fourth race, which means it will be a match race between Painted Poney and Epiphany.

“If we have to scratch 11 horses we have to scratch them,” Panza said. “We can’t renege on the rule.”

There are no horses entered on Wednesday’s card that would be running back in less than 15 days. Coincidentally, there’s a blizzard forecast for Tuesday that is likely to force NYRA to cancel Wednesday’s card.

Tim Roberts More than 1 year ago
This is absolutely hilarious. A match race between Paint Pony and Ephiphany. Worth the price of admission alone. It's Tom Brady and Bill Billichick's fault. They are juicing the horses.
nick More than 1 year ago
This is a stupid rule. Any horseman will tell you that running a horse back is not the reason for break downs. Running sore or under prepared horses is the reason for break downs. Leave it up to NYRA to introduce such a ridicules rule.
Alberta Ed More than 1 year ago
Mr Zito, I agree 100%
Billy Spathanas More than 1 year ago
Nick, your comment is pretty stupid for sure. I mean real stupid. Running horses back to back to back equals what you mention is your second sentence , running sore ! Which equals being not 100 % which means unprepared Give them a break between races and you would be surprised what you get. Longevity for one and probably a better money maker. I bet you any real horseman or woman would tell you that ............
Pat More than 1 year ago
Insofar as the NYRA is concerned, they bring to mind an old adage: "Ingnorance is not a sin, advertising it is"! And with this rule is the Toy King and his co-horts advertising the ignorance of the fundamentals of horse racing. Just a matter of time. The clock is ticking.
Levelheaded More than 1 year ago
i watched an interview with bobby flay, and he bragged that he was on the board of the nyra.. here is a tip bobby stick with cooking, your input is killing racing in new york
David Smith More than 1 year ago
they should up it to 21 days
Alberta Ed More than 1 year ago
Why is that David? A Thoroughbred regains his stamina in 6 days. That has been proven at Tuft's University among other studies. If you are talking unsound horses then 21 days might not even be enough. How soon everyone forgets that the KY Derby Trial was run on a Monday to qualify for the Saturday race. That was a mere 4 days of rest. Breeding solely for speed for the 1/8 mile works at the 2 year old in training sales is more the culprit. All speed and little stamina in the 21st Century North American Thoroughbred. Think not? Then look at the times of our classic races and see how the horses have been going slower, not faster as a breed. All the modern advantages and the horses are not as sound. Day was when 100 starts was not a big deal. Not is is 5 times the career starts.
johnd More than 1 year ago
Who in the world is running the NYRA? Every time I think they can't get any more ridiculous, they somehow outdo themselves. This is an obvious political play to placate those in NY who are raising hell about the carnage on the inner track. Simple solution is end racing on the inner surface at Aqueduct. But that's too simple for these folks to comprehend.
Connie Hampton More than 1 year ago
For your info there were more deaths at Belmont than aqueduct in 2014, and far less racing dates
mark More than 1 year ago
I wondered why half the races had no show betting when I checked the results page. Just unbelievable!. What has happened to the once proud and dominating New York racing scene? It was the pinnacle, and envy of the racing world and all other racetracks tried to emulate their success. WOW!
Capo Capo More than 1 year ago
The only bonus to this ridiculous ruling is that horses under Jacobson's care won't run 3 times a month
Tim Roberts More than 1 year ago
He will find a way to beat this rule and run his mule.
B More than 1 year ago
I hope they are terribly embarrassed. They deserve it for instituting one of the more ludicrous rulings I've ever heard of in my many years of following this sport. If a track thinks they know more about your horse than you do and won't let you run your horse on their track unless his last race was at least 15 days ago, there is something wrong with their track. The fact that this rule is possibly ending in the spring, as they get closer to Belmont, is essentially verifying that. As Steven Crist indicated, if they think it's a good rule now, why isn't it a good rule in the spring?! I'm originally from NYC and spent plenty of time at NY & NJ tracks and Aqueduct was always the worst though I never got on the bandwagon to get rid of it, but maybe it should go.