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Gulfstream Park announced today it will begin instituting changes to
provide bettors more information and greater transparency whenever there
is a disqualification or objection on any of its races.
"We truly believe the bettor deserves a detailed explanation as to
why a horse has been disqualified," said Gulfstream President Tim Ritvo.
"The bettor is not only the economic engine that drives this sport, but
he and she is also the biggest fan of the sport. We need to continue to
find ways to improve the integrity and transparency of the sport. We
have not done a good job explaining why our stewards have disqualified a
horse, and we're going to change that. We have a few changes we will
implement immediately, but we are studying a number of other ideas,
including a camera and microphone in the stewards'
Track announcer Larry Collmus will provide a detailed explanation for
the ruling while a replay of the infraction is highlighted and played
from pan and head-on angles. A statement by the stewards will be posted
on Gulfstream Park's website under disqualifications.
"I have talked to several track officials and respected stewards over
the past week and we've discussed several ways of being more
transparent when it comes to objections and inquiries," Ritvo said.
"Obviously, there's never going to be a 100 percent consensus whether a
horse should or should not be taken down. We want stewards to be
consistent, but we also want them to treat each race individually
because every scenario is different. We also want them to be quick, but
sometimes decisions take longer, especially after a turf race because
stewards must wait for the jockeys to come back. But we feel we can
provide our bettors more information and information that's more
"There will be things we add, maybe a few we eventually subtract, but
our decisions will be based on what is best for our bettors," Ritvo
said. "If these changes work at Gulfstream, we will roll them out across
all Stronach Group tracks."