11/16/2012 2:56PM

New York steward suspended 10 days

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A steward at New York Racing Association tracks employed by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board was recently suspended for 10 days without pay by the board because of an incident on Aug. 13 in which he mistakenly closed the betting pools for a race at Saratoga two minutes before the race went off, a state official confirmed on Friday.

The suspension of the steward, Carmine Donofrio, which was first reported by the Paulick Report, stemmed from a recent report prepared by the board examining the incident. The report said that Donofrio mistakenly issued the stop-betting command from the stewards’ booth at Saratoga after failing to recognize that a race being broadcast on a bank of closed-circuit monitors in the booth was not the race that was coming up on the day’s race card.

Officials for the racing and wagering board would not comment on the matter, saying that it would be improper to comment on an “internal employee disciplinary matter.” The official confirmed that Donofrio’s suspension began earlier this week.

The report said that Donofrio may have mistaken the race on the bank of monitors for a live race because NYRA’s television staff were either making copies of already run races or “doing real-time maintenance.” The report noted that since the incident occurred, NYRA has implemented a directive that will prevent the showing of anything but the live feed on the stewards’ monitors.

NYRA likely lost hundreds of thousands of dollars in wagers by the early close in betting, which occurred before a 5 1/2-furlong stakes race on the turf.

The report stated that Donofrio “accepted responsibility” for the incident, but it also noted that the possibility existed that technical problems with the feeds being provided to the stewards’ booth “could certainly be a contributory factor.”

Pom De Terre More than 1 year ago
ridiculous. the only reason the former nyra handed out this suspension is on the suspicion that they may have lost "millions" due to not taking advantage of ignorant bettors in those last two minutes. sometimes a mistake really is an honest mistake - and this is one of those times. total BS.
Roger DuFault More than 1 year ago
If everyone got suspended for 10 days for making a mistake on the job we would have a new movie called,"The 10 Days The Earth Stood Still."
Forego137 More than 1 year ago
Shouldn't they always be receiving a live feed ? No question that was a track error and someone other than the track had to accept responsibilituy for the race track making things confusing for those they hire to make decisions to properly run their race track and the solution is to suspend him for ten days without pay instead of accepting some of the blame for their lack of providing live feed to thd booth in the first place. Can anyone say escape goat.
Nathan More than 1 year ago
there's a reason they're called " 3 blind mice".
David More than 1 year ago
And I'm sure you have many years of Official experience to back-up your profound insight into a regrettable mistake.....Idiot!
Pom De Terre More than 1 year ago
you go out and do a better job you moron. hey- are u still confusing a fetlock from a furlong?
Mike B More than 1 year ago
"The report stated that Donofrio “accepted responsibility” for the incident, but it also noted that the possibility existed that technical problems with the feeds being provided to the stewards’ booth 'could certainly be a contributory factor.'” He accepted responsibility so he could keep his job. Someone had to be to blame, not just something
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great he gets off for the holidays, nice work!
Rob Smoke More than 1 year ago
I was looking for an article on Jeff Faul -- nothing. Same with the Jorge Herrera death in California back in July. DRF very weak at reporting actual news -- jockey deaths are not negligible.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I believe I just read that article on DRF. bb/pokny
Ponies Payme More than 1 year ago
......Better safe than sorry......and you get suspended. Ha
Bwell More than 1 year ago
Jon Corzine raids $1 billion out of clients accounts and he isn't even getting a 10 day suspension. Just makes ya think, that's all.
mrm More than 1 year ago
I can give you 250 million reasons why Corzine walked.$$$$$$$$$$$$
jim samson More than 1 year ago
Corswine was just messing with investor money (commodities gamblers) , this is horse racing, a much more serious endeavor.