At the Jockey Club Round Table this morning in Saratoga, Kim Kelly, the chief steward of The Hong Kong Jockey Club, discussed the benefits of the category 1 interference rule, explaining that for whatever the reason worthy of inquiry–from interference, to race riding, to underperforming and over-performing (hmm) horses—issues are addressed on race day. Jockeys are called before the stewards immediately following the incident at hand.
Agree in principle with this approach except for the most significant issue, adjudicating fouls. I understand that there is more clarity when the standard is that a foul is a foul is a foul. Here’s what’s vexing: This is not brain surgery nor rocket science. Common sense and 20-20 vision is all that is required, providing consistency is applied. The problem isn’t the rule; it’s incompetency.
Also approve with the thinking that transparency is the overarching factor that will restore horseplayer confidence. Allowing the public to understand what the judges are seeing, and the reasoning applied to their decision-making, would make all the difference. The current rule is fine. What is needed is judging all riders by the same standard, not via a horse racing version of the Jordan Rules.