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Watchmaker: Accountability Needed For Stewards

Upstart finishes first in Fountain of Youth but is disqualified for interference

A day after Gulfstream Park stewards disqualified Upstart from his Fountain of Youth victory due to stretch interference, Mike Watchmaker wrote in a piece for Daily Racing Form that “now that the competency of stewards has become a question at the very highest levels of the game. . .we need to introduce some real stewards accountability, and quickly.”

Watchmaker compared the Fountain of Youth ruling to two other rulings on the card – one in the Rampart Stakes won by House Rules, and the other in the nightcap, where Danish Dynaformer crossed the line first. Objections were lodged in both of those races as well, but there were no changes made to the order of finish.

“Billions of dollars, and the game's integrity, are at stake,” wrote Watchmaker.

Read more at the Daily Racing Form

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