At the Winterthur steeplechase in Delaware Sunday, jockey Gerard Galligan was brought in to explain his actions while atop 7-year-old Shootin the Breeze. From the stewards:
“Shooting [sic] the Breeze finished a distant third and walked up the stretch to finish after barely getting over the last fence. After the race, the stewards met with Gerard Galligan to enquirer [sic] why he continued on in the race when he was distanced and ultimately some 244 lengths behind [emphasis mine] the first two finishers.
“The stewards asked if he had been at the jockey’s meeting where it was emphasized that in the case of a horse being distanced or out of touch with the field that horse should be pulled up. He acknowledged being at the meeting and hearing the steward’s instructions but thought that someone with his experience should know the difference between a tired horse and a horse that just wasn’t interested….”
Because “his performance was not in the best interest of racing,” Galligan was fined $200. But maybe it was worth it: Third place was worth $2,000.