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ROAP on-call steward available at the Bank of America Challenge Championships

November 18, 2010     E-mail this page to a friend!

The Racing Officials Accreditation Program (ROAP), in conjunction with the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) and Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, has announced that an ROAP on-call steward will be on duty for the 2010 Bank of America Challenge Championships at Fair Grounds Race Course tomorrow night, Friday, November 19.

The event is the culmination of more than 60 regional Challenge races contested over the last year. The November 19 race card features six Challenge races and six undercard Challenge Stakes races. The highlight of the evening is the $350,000 Bank of America Racing Challenge Championship (G1) contested for 3-year-olds and up over 440 yards.

The ROAP On Call Stewards Program, created in 2009, makes a ROAP-accredited racing official available during telecasts of major racing events to explain the rules of racing if an unusual event occurs in a race.

Dan Fick, associate steward for the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, will be the on-call steward during the Bank of America Challenge Championships. Fick is the former executive vice president and executive director of The Jockey Club and the former director of racing for AQHA.

“We are excited that a ROAP on-call steward will be available again this year at the Challenge Championships,” said Trey Buck, AQHA executive director of racing. “It is beneficial to have a media-trained racing official on standby during the telecast to explain the rules of racing should an unusual incident occur.”

Stan Bowker, the chairman of ROAP, explained that the on-call steward is not there to render a decision. “The on-call steward is impartial and is there solely to explain to the viewing audience and reporters the nature of the incident, the applicable rules of racing and the process by which stewards determine a call as it pertains to the incident in question,” he said.

An ROAP on-call steward is available upon request to tracks, racing commissions and broadcast networks at no cost.