The judges at The Red Mile just can't seem to dig themselves out of trouble with their decision not to penalize John Campbell further for the controversial disqualification at The Red Mile involving Odds On Equuleus. The judges assert they didn't penalize Campbell because they felt the horse was partially responsible for the infraction.
The judges blew it by not sanctioning Campbell. I am not singling out Campbell, but if the judges truly felt there was an infraction which required a disqualification, Campbell should have been penalized if partially responsible. Days and/or a fine should have been handed out, perhaps mitigated for what they felt was the horse's contribution to the infraction. The only way no additional penalty was justified is if the judges felt the horse's action alone caused the infraction and the driver was blameless. Of course, this is all predicated on the original disqualification being correct.
Not penalizing Campbell any further indicates one of two things. Either the judges want this whole fiasco to go away as soon as possible so they didn't want to throw more fuel on the fire, or the judges realize they blew the original call which means it will quickly be overturned in the appeal process (the decision can't be overturned without an appeal) and those who bet on Odds On Equuleus will know they got the shaft.
Now it can be said definitively that the judges blew it. If the judges truly believe the infraction occurred, the judges should have stood their ground and sanctioned Campbell. Being a judge is not a popularity contest and to let anyone go just to stop the controversy is wrong. Of course, if the judges didn't penalize Campbell because of the original call, it means the original call was blown.
Perhaps the judges hoped this decision would quiet things down; instead it leaves a bad taste in everyone's mouth.