01/26/2015 1:36PM

Stewards’ early call Sunday proves correct


A decision by the Gulfstream stewards early on the Sunday card ultimately proved a wise one.

Tommy No Read, a 2-1 shot, was scratched at the gate prior to the third race, a maiden-claiming sprint, when apprentice Tyler Gafflione refused to ride the 3-year-old colt. Instead of getting a substitute rider, the stewards decided to go ahead and run the race, not only denying the connections of Tommy No Read a chance to compete but also costing Gulfstream an undetermined amount of wagering handle.

Afterward, steward Jeff Noe said too much time would be consumed in making a switch. Those saved minutes proved valuable by the time the 11th and final race approached. The race was delayed when Hudson Miracle got loose prior to the start, and another horse, Takepointsandrun, had to be scratched when acting up in the gate. The race finally was dispatched at 5:58 p.m. Eastern, right before it would have been too dark to run.

David Smith More than 1 year ago
they really string you along at Gulfstream,, when it comes to post time..post time there means 5 miniutes to post..another bad thing happening in horse racing
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
If a follow-up on why the jockey refused to ride the horse was done. then this would have been an interesting article .as it is we learned nothing .and the premise of the whole article is just wrong they could have just simply speeded up the post parades etc in the next few races.
gary Potter More than 1 year ago
agreed what a dumb article, it tells us absolutely nothing. BUT its free and not DRF+
mark More than 1 year ago
Im agree with the crowd about the uselessness of this article and we would be much better served if we were told why the jock took off the horse and what the end result would be for horse and rider. RIDICULOUS!
Randy Baker More than 1 year ago
Since I can't get it from the horses' mouth,I'd like to get it from the jockeys' mouth.Maybe jock started feeling too weak and dizzy from his bugboy 300 calorie diet and was afraid he would pass out and fall off midway through the race.
Connie Hampton More than 1 year ago
You are in a fog
Randy Baker More than 1 year ago
No ,an insider that does't live in denial.I have owned,bred,raced,for twenty six years.Your reason for the jock leaving his mount at the gate is lame.The jock (inexperienced) may not have liked the way the horse warmed up,but if so say it.It wasn't a vet scratch.Being so defensive,You must be related to him.Don't sling mud unless you can state your source.
Connie Hampton More than 1 year ago
Randy Baker More than 1 year ago
You should get hook up with Tommy.Youre both full of zhit Peace out.
Connie Hampton More than 1 year ago
Just some info on the horse. The horse has a chondral Fracture. The kid did the right thing. Steward should demand xrays of the horse before he is allowed to run. The fracture is not new. It was known by the previous trainer. This is 1000 percent a fact
Bob Rose More than 1 year ago
Thank you so much for passing that info along, Ma'am. As a 60+ year veteran of the backstretch, my heart always was, and always will be, with the horses welfare. I pray all goes well for this horse. Thanx again for updating his condition for us.
Jay Stone More than 1 year ago
It was a good call and should occur more often. Too many times a 30 to one shot needs a rider change and it delays the race while a rider is found. This is especially time consuming when a rider is hurt in the gate and the horses are unloaded while a rider is found. If the horse is just scratched and the rest of the field dispatched in the long run everyone benefits.
D'Funnybone More than 1 year ago
C'mon Marty, you are better than this. Why did the jock refuse to ride this horse? "Steward's Early Call Sunday proves correct". How was it correct? A very silly article lacking the answer to the most asked question "Why did Gafflione refuse to ride Tommy No Read"? Journalism 101.
Mickey More than 1 year ago
As perople posted below.....why can't simple questions be answered in a simple article?
thomas j More than 1 year ago
The reason why the jock refused to ride the horse should be the subject of the article.