08/30/2016 11:36AM

Pennsylvania commission reverses Parx disqualification


The Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission has reversed a decision by the stewards at Parx racetrack to disqualify Rebecca’s Surprise from first to second for causing interference in the stretch of an allowance race on Nov. 30 of last year.

The commission issued the ruling to reverse the decision on Tuesday, nearly six months after the commission reviewed videotape of the race during an administrative hearing. In the ruling, the commission said the stewards erred when they determined that Rebecca’s Surprise had impeded the path of Littlemissperfect, the horse who crossed the wire second in the $52,000 race.

“The videotape of the race very clearly depicts the finish of the race and after review by the State Horse Racing Commission, the Commission determines that the lateral movement of ‘Rebecca’s Surprise’ to the right did not impact the ultimate result of the race nor did ‘Rebecca’s Surprise’ impede, intimidate, or interfere with ‘Little Miss Perfect’ [sic],” the ruling states.

Commissions very rarely overturn decisions of stewards for interpretations of an incident on the racetrack.

Rebecca’s Surprise is owned by Top Notch Racing and she is trained by Michael M. Moore. She was ridden in the Nov. 30 race by Roberto J. Rosado. The first-place purse in the race was $31,200, compared to $10,400 for second.



Joel Firsching More than 1 year ago
Stewards should lose a two week paycheck.  Jockey should get $500 fine.  Unexpected movements sometimes cause chain reactions that cause dominos to fall down.  Deter unneccessary sideways movements like kent d  and mike smith do when ducking in on horses they just passed.  Increase the fine in stakes races.   Safety, safety safety.    Respect horses lives
David Merz More than 1 year ago
Just watched that replay, and man what a horsesh!t call it was to DQ the 6 in the first place.  I lost a race just like that at Belmont on May 22nd (9th race).  My horse crossed the path of the 2nd place horse, but was clear and it didn't cause the runner-up to lose momentum.  Same scenario as the Parx race...
Scott Scheib More than 1 year ago
there should be a refund process at all tracks that if you wagered on that race, (you have a wagering account), and RIDICULOUSLY enough, they change the decision due to incompetence at the steward level, everyone with both wagers should be paid.  It is absolutely criminal and a theft of money from the horse player.  No high level track shmuck could convince me otherwise, and i have been playing the horses for over 30 years!!!!! such a shame
dave More than 1 year ago

steward rulings like this should be addressed within the week of infraction,....there was NO LAB results needed...,this long delay is unacceptable especialy when it only required replays to watch

dave More than 1 year ago
WHY 9 1/2 months to correct,what B.S....it took. over 250 days to make correct decision,,,what the Fu??.......they all should be fired
Frank More than 1 year ago
root kill - stewards and commissions officials.
Frank More than 1 year ago
The human garbage in this sport is over the top -- These officials should all be fired -- they screwed the bettors....

So the owner gets his money what about all the bettors that bet on the horse.  Who cares horse racing right:?

This human garbage that runs the sport dont care about the horses or bettors -- just themselves -- just like politicians...
TEDK215 More than 1 year ago
all the more reason to spend ur hard earned $$ on something else. INTEGRITY in horse racing is wishful thinking.
MontrealKen More than 1 year ago
Why in the world would it take six months to issue this decision?  Does the SHRC have a caseload like the Supreme Court?  Maybe they needed time to check their  footnotes for the ruling.
roymouinn More than 1 year ago
Glad I didnt get to cash my tickets.....now if I kept them do they get honored? Once again screw the player!