Every week, the TDN publishes a roundup of key official rulings from the primary tracks within the four major racing jurisdictions of California, New York, Florida and Kentucky.
Here’s a primer on how each of these jurisdictions adjudicates different offenses, what they make public (or not) and where.
With the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA) having gone into effect on July 1, 2022, the TDN will also post a roundup of the relevant HISA-related rulings from the same week.
Track: Santa Anita
Licensee: Abel Cedillo, jockey
Penalty: Three-day suspension
Violation: Careless riding
Explainer: Having received notice from the California Horse Racing Board that the appeal of LATS Ruling #32 (March 3, 2023) has been withdrawn, the original ruling is reinstated. Jockey Abel Cedillo is suspended for 3 racing days (April 28, 29 & 30, 2023). Pursuant to California Horse Racing Board Rule #1766 (Designated Races), the term of suspension shall not prohibit participation in designated races.
The following rulings were reported on HISA’s “rulings” portal, except for the voided claim rulings which were sent to the TDN directly.
One important note: HISA’s whip use limit is restricted to six strikes during a race.
Violations of Crop Rule
Heman Kumar Harkie–violation date April 1; $250 fine and one-day suspension, 7 strikes
Tampa Bay Downs
Angel A Rodriguez–violation date March 31; $250 fine and one-day suspension, 8 strikes
Isaac Manuel Jimenez–violation date April 1; $250 fine and one-day suspension, 7 strikes
Shaun Bridgmohan–violation date April 2; $250 fine and one-day suspension, 9 strikes
Will Rogers Downs
Gustavo Armando Herrera–violation date April 10; $250 fine and one-day suspension, 8 strikes
Travis G Cunningham–violation date April 10; $250 fine and one-day suspension, 7 strikes