ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 1, 2014) -- Following the running of the 12th race today (Breeders’ Cup Classic), we posted the inquiry sign to examine an incident at the start (Dirt, 1¼ miles). Involved in the incident were the winner #7 Bayern (M. Garcia) and several horses to his inside -- #6 Shared Belief (M. Smith) and #4 Moreno (J. Castellano).
Film review revealed that #7 Bayern broke in sharply, bumped #6 Shared Belief, causing a chain reaction with several other horses to his inside, including #4 Moreno, who also broke out slightly. #6 Shared Belief finished fourth, 3½ lengths behind the third place finisher while #4 Moreno finished far behind the leaders. After speaking with the patrol judges and riders involved, it was our unanimous decision that pursuant to CHRB Rule 1699, that the incident occurred in a part of the race where the horses interfered with were not cost the opportunity to place where they were reasonably expected to finish.