Jimmy Takter had a bad night in the Yonkers Trot as Pinkman finished second but was disqualified and placed sixth then placed fifth for causing interference at the top of the stretch while entry mate French Laundry due to NY rules which apply when an entrymate causes an infraction was fourth, placed third then placed sixth. Southwind Mozart finished third but placed second while fifth place finisher Buen Camino was placed fourth before being placed third. All this because of an objection by Trond Smedshammer, claiming his horse Buen Camino was interfered by Pinkman which resulted in his interfering with Billy Flynn.
Oh yeah, Habitat won the Yonkers Trot by 3 1/2 lengths in 1:54.4. At least that part of the race was uneventful.
Here is the replay of the Trot,
After the race, it took the judges a 1/2 hour to make the results official and Takter made it known he was 'unhappy' with driver Trond Smedshammer for claiming an objection; feeling it is the judges' job to disqualify horses. Drivers should remain quiet.and never claim foul.
How wrong Takter is. If he were to look at tote boards around the country, he will see there is an 'Objection' light on each board in addition to the inquiry 'Inquiry' sign. Rest assured in this cost-conscious environment, tote manufacturers would be happy to eliminate the sign if it wasn't needed.
Violating an unwritten rule? Possible, but it shouldn't be an unwritten rule. Gamblers expect races to be contest fairly and judges to watch the race. If for some reason, the judges miss a call, it is the driver's duty to report the infraction and let the judges make the ultimate call, Those investing money in this sport, either by wagering or owning a horse shouldn't be victims of an unwritten rule.
What Smedshammer did was absolutely correct. It is Takter who is wrong. He owes Smedshammer an apology. Lastly, if there is some unspoken rule, it is time to get rid of it.
Doctors who operated on Ron Pierce this past week have suggested he retire for fear what another injury would do to him. Yes, it is up to Pierce to decide what to do but he should heed to his doctors and retire. Racing is a dangerous sport so it is a matter of when, not if another accident or injury will happen. Better to get out while you are still able to walk than finding oneself being seriously injured and depending on a wheelchair for the rest of your life.