Horse Racing

Halledeen broke no rules of racing


Friday, December 07, 2018

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THE idling and showboating by Diamond Mile winning jockey Robert Halledeen in the last half-a-furlong of the race while on board Will In Charge on Saturday last at Caymanas Park have been heavily criticised by most who saw his antics unfold .

Yet checks with the governing body of horse racing in the country, the Jamaica Racing Commission (JRC), are revealing that Halledeen did not actually break any of the listed rules of racing under which the stewards of any race meeting are obliged to operate.

“The rule pertaining to this matter (Rule 200 – sub section 2), does not mention what is popularly known as showboating or anything of that nature.

“Instead, the pertinent rule basically states that all jockeys must do their utmost to win any race they are competing in or to obtain the best placement possible in a race for the horses they are riding.

“In the case of Mr Halledeen, he eventually won the race and there is no better position than first place,” a member of the stewards' panel shared with the Supreme Racing Guide.

The steward then posited: “We at the JRC are responsible for the training of riders and one of the things we have consistently preached to the trainees is that in all cases they must ride out their mounts. Note I said ride as against just beating/whipping their horses to the end of a race.”

Subsequent to his antics in the saddle in the Diamond Mile, Halledeen has publicly apologised and has given a solemn pledge not to repeat his actions in the future.

For the benefit of readers of the Supreme Racing Guide, rule number 200 – sub section 2 – is printed below.

Rules of Racing – Rule 200 (subsection two) – “The rider of every horse shall take all reasonable and permissible measures throughout the race to ensure that his horse is given a full opportunity to win or of obtaining the best possible placing in the race.”

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