At Arm’s Length: Wild Stretch Run At Parx Racing

Asbury Ave was declared the winner of the second race at Parx Racing in Bensalem, Pa., Wednesday after a stewards inquiry and two jockey claims of foul stemming from an incident in the stretch that included one rider reaching over and appearing to push or grab one of his rivals .

Vencil, with jockey Adam Bowman, was first across the line, finishing a nose in front of Asbury Ave and jockey Hector Caballero, who moments earlier had his arm extended out toward jockey Laureano Flores Jr., aboard Afleet Melody. Stewards ruled that Vencil drifted out, causing interference against Asbury Ave, original third-place finisher Afleet Melody and original fourth-place finisher Inspired Options.

Vencil was disqualified and placed fourth.

A rider’s claim of foul by Flores on Afleet Melody against Asbury Ave and Caballero was dismissed by the stewards. The Equibase chart footnotes say Caballero “reached out and pushed the rider of Afleet Melody for several strides.” Carlos Mercado, agent for Caballero, said his rider told him that his whip got tangled up with Flores and Afleet Melody.

Flores had a different opinion, posting the following on Facebook:

😴😴 Parx is a complete Joke !!! Never knew you could hold on to a jockey new rule!?😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 I’m number 4🤣

Posted by Laureano Flores Jr. on Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Stewards at Parx gave no public explanation.

Once his arm was free in deep stretch, Caballero resumed using the whip on Asbury Ave and came up a nose short at the finish, though he ended up with the victory via disqualification anyway.

Those who bet Asbury Ave, at 60-1 the longest shot in the field of seven maiden claimers, were rewarded with mutuel payoffs of $122.40 to win, $39.60 to place and $16.230 to show.

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