Meet the stewards of Preakness, the referees of the race
BALTIMORE (WBFF) -- As Actress thunders through the finish line during the Black Eyed Susan stakes 11th race, three people, high up above the crowd are watching extra close.
They are the stewards, the referees of the events.
“We like when races are boring with a nice finish,” said Adam Campola.
He is one of three stewards. One of two observing through the window with binoculars, while the third monitors the television screens.
Perhaps only a steward likes a boring race.
The stewards have a lot of experience. Some were jockeys or trainers themselves so they know what happens on the track.
They also have to be accredited.
They are tasked with making sure everyone sticks to the rules.
“When they come out of the gate you hope everyone comes out straight but one horse may break to the right and bump a couple horses,” said Campola.
They are animals, bumps happens, the stewards tell FOX45
But the question is how will it affect the competition.
“If someone claims a foul you have to get both parties on the phone it's kind of like a quick hearing,” said Campola.
Meanwhile, the gambling public awaits a verdict.
Sometimes the stewards argue but it does not last long...
“You know how it is- if I get outvoted that's just how it is,” said Campola.
Best case scenario?
“We like it when everything goes straight when nobody bumps anybody...that's what we like,” said Ross Pearce, the other observer by the window.