Number, appointment, compensation,
license. There shall be three (3) stewards to supervise each race
meeting: The commission steward appointed by the commission, who shall be the
presiding steward, and two (2) stewards appointed by the association conducting
the meeting. The compensation paid to the steward appointed by the commission
shall be paid by the commission. All stewards and deputy stewards must be
licensed by the commission and pay the fee, if any, required by the
Deputy and temporary
stewards. The association shall appoint two (2) deputy stewards to serve
in the absence of the association stewards. In the event of an emergency, where
a deputy steward who is called to duty is absent or cannot be present in time,
the association may appoint a temporary steward from the licensed officials
employed by the association. The association shall make a full written report
of the absence of a steward or deputy steward to the commission immediately
including therein the names of the replacements. Appointments of temporary
stewards and utilization of deputy stewards shall be made only with the full
knowledge and consent of the duly authorized representative of the commission
at the track. Appointments of temporary stewards are valid only for the day of
their appointment. Likewise, the commission shall appoint a deputy steward to
act in the absence of the commission steward. In the event the commission
steward or his deputy is absent, the rules governing temporary stewards
appointed by the association shall govern. Deputy stewards may also be licensed
as an official who is employed by the association but must have a license to
act as a deputy steward.
vacancies occur among the officials, other than the stewards, and the
association has not notified the stewards prior to the time fixed for the first
race of the day that it has been filled, the stewards shall fill such vacancy
immediately, said appointment to stand for the day only.
(2) Should the vacancy occur after the racing
for the day has started, the stewards shall fill the vacancy at once, the
appointment standing for the day only; unless the association shall fail to
fill the vacancy on the following day and notify the stewards of their action
one hour before the time fixed for the first race.
(3) Emergency substitutes shall be persons
holding a license from the commission as an official.
Power of stewards. The
stewards have power to regulate and control the conduct of all officials and of
all owners, trainers, jockeys, grooms and other persons attendant on horses.
Such stewards shall exercise such powers and perform such duties at each race
as may be prescribed by these rules and regulations. The stewards have power,
as they think proper, to make and, if necessary, to vary all arrangements for
the conduct of the meeting and to determine all questions, within a reasonable
time, arising in reference to racing at the meeting, subject to appeal to the
commission. They shall compile a "stewards' list" upon which they shall enter
the names of all horses at the track prohibited from starting.
Accept decision of stewards.
Persons entering horses to run on licensed Connecticut tracks agree in so doing
to accept the decision of the stewards on any questions relating to a race or
rule. A majority vote of the stewards will decide all
against officials. Every complaint against an official shall be made to
the stewards in writing, and signed by the complainant.
Locking machines. The
commission steward shall lock all pari-mutuel ticket issuing machines and sound
the off-bell not later than the advertised post time, except that the
commission steward may delay the locking of the ticket selling machines in
unusual circumstances. It shall be the duty of the stewards to see to it that
the horses arrive at the starting gate as near to post time as
(1) A protest, except
a protest involving fraud, may be filed only by the owner (or his authorized
agent), trainer or jockey of a horse engaged in the race over which the protest
is made or by a racing official of the meeting.
(2) A protest involving fraud may be made by
(3) A protest, except a
claim growing out of happenings in the running of the race, must be made in
writing, signed by the complainant and filed with the stewards before post time
of the race in question.
merit consideration, a protest against the programmed distance of a race must
be made at least thirty (30) minutes before post time for that race.
(5) To merit consideration, a protest against
a horse based on a happening in a race must be made to the stewards before the
placing of the horses for that race has been officially confirmed.
(6) If a jockey wishes to protest a happening
in a race, he must so notify the clerk of the scales, immediately upon his
arrival at the scales for weighing in, and the clerk of the scales shall
immediately notify the stewards that a protest has been made.
(7) Before the consideration for a protest,
the stewards may demand a deposit of $50 to be made with the horsemen's
accountant. This deposit shall be applied to the costs and expenses. Any excess
shall be refunded unless the protest is found to be frivolous, in which case
the deposit may be assessed as a fine, and remitted to the state of
(8) A person or
persons lodging a protest must pay all costs and expenses incurred. If the
objection is upheld, the cost shall be paid by the offender.
(9) Pending the determination of a protest,
any money or prize won by a protested horse or any other money affected by the
outcome of the protest, other than parimutuel wagers, shall be paid to and held
by the horsemen's accountant until the protest is determined.
(10) A protest may not be withdrawn without
permission of the stewards. No person shall make frivolous protests.
(11) The stewards shall keep a record of all
protests and complaints and of any action taken thereon; and shall report both
daily to the commission.
Access to all facilities.
The stewards have control over, and they and the members of the commission and
their duly appointed representatives have access to all stands, weighing rooms,
enclosures and all other places within the grounds of the
of entries, declarations. The stewards have supervision over all entries
Questionable conduct. The stewards shall take notice of any
questionable conduct with or without complaint thereof.
Prompt investigation. The
stewards must investigate promptly, and render a decision in every protest and
in every complaint properly made to them.
Power to exclude, suspend.
If the stewards shall find that any person has violated any of the sections of
these rules to which their jurisdiction extends or has been involved in any
improper turf practice, they may exclude such person from the grounds or any
portion of such grounds of the association conducting the meeting for a period
not exceeding the remainder of the meeting or 60 days; or they may suspend such
person from acting or riding for a period not exceeding the remainder of the
meeting or 60 days, or both such exclusion and suspension, and if they consider
necessary any further punishment, they shall promptly refer the matter to the
commission. The stewards shall exclude from all places under their control
persons who are warned or ruled off. They shall also exclude any person
declared guilty of any corrupt or fraudulent turf practices by turf authorities
of any country, or stewards of any recognized meeting, and the names of all
persons penalized shall be promptly reported to the commission.
Imposition of fines
(1) In place and stead of or in addition to
the punishments recited in rule (n) of this section, the steward is hereby
authorized to impose a fine in an amount not to exceed $250 for each violation
of any of the sections of these rules to which their jurisdiction extends or
for any improper turf practice, and each day upon which such violation
continues may he considered by the commission steward as a separate violation
in assessing the amount of such civil penalty. Before imposing such civil
penalty, the commission steward shall give the other two stewards of the
meeting a reasonable opportunity to submit recommendations relative to such
(2) All fines shall be
paid to the horsemen's accountant with forty-eight (48) hours after
(3) Fines collected lay
the horsemen's accountant shall be paid to the state of Connecticut.
Violations other than
for rule of the race-procedure
. When the stewards feel that a rule,
other than a rule of the race, has been violated by any person, the procedure
shall be as follows:
(1) The person involved
shall be summoned to a meeting before the stewards, called for that purpose,
which meeting shall be called for as soon as practical after notice of the fact
that a violation may have occurred.
(2) Adequate notice of said meeting shall be
given the summoned party. The stewards' decision as to what is adequate notice
shall be final.
(3) No penalty
shall be imposed until such hearing.
(4) Non-appearance of the summoned party
after adequate notice shall be construed as a waiver of right to hearing before
(5) No special
announcement of the hearing or of the alleged infraction of rules shall be made
until after said hearing. Immediately after a hearing, provided the matter is
settled, the stewards shall transmit their findings in the signed written
statement to the commission and to the party in question.
Appeal from penalty. Any
person penalized by action of rules (n) or (o) of this section shall have the
right to appeal to the commission by filing with the commission within ten (10)
days after the imposition of such penalty, a written notice of such appeal; and
the commission in determining the appeal may increase or decrease the amount of
such penalty, or it may suspend or revoke or otherwise act with respect to the
license of the appellant; and the determination of the commission on such
appeal shall be final.
Stay of execution
. The commission may grant a stay to any person
licenser by it, pending appeal, who is affected by any decision of, or penalty,
imposed by an official or officials at a race meeting.
(1) The appeal will be filed on form called a
"notice of appeal and request for a stay" provided by the commission or upon
presentation of a similar request in writing. The stay, if granted, will be at
such a time or for such a duration designated by the commission. The commission
may require the posting of security, which may be withheld in whole or in part
if the appeal was frivolous or without foundation.
(2) The appeal must be filed within ten (10)
days after the decision or penalty from which the appeal is taken. It shall be
filed at the office of the commission steward. The commission steward shall
present a copy of the notice of appeal and request for a stay to the commission
on the day received. The commission shall convene a committee of three
commissioners to act on the request for a stay as soon as practical after
receipt of the request. In no event shall the commission act later than seven
(7) days from the receipt of the stay.
(3) The reasons stated in the appeal must be
Persons under suspension. No one under suspension by the
commission or the stewards shall be allowed on the grounds of any association
unless authorized to be there by the commission or the stewards.
Action by the commission.
Whenever under this section a matter has been referred to the commission, the
commission shall take such action as it shall deem proper and
(1) Permission must be
obtained from a steward to exercise a horse between races unless the horse is
being warmed up on the way to and just prior to entering the paddock for the
next race to be run.
(2) When a
horse is being so warmed up before entering the paddock, his official program
number shall be displayed by the rider.
Number. In a race, each
horse shall carry a conspicuous saddlecloth number and a head number
corresponding to his number on the official program. In cases of a fractious
horse and with the permission of the paddock judge, the head number may be
removed. In the case of an entry, each horse making up the entry shall carry
the same number (head and saddlecloth) with a distinguishing letter. For
example, 1-1A, 1X. In the case of a field, the horses comprising the field
shall carry an individual number, i.e., 12, 13, 14, 15 and so on.
Consent for dismounting.
After the horses enter the track, no jockey shall dismount and no horse shall
be entitled to the care of an attendant without consent of the stewards or the
starter and the horse must be free of all hands other than those of the jockey
or assistant starter before the starter releases the barrier.
(1) In case of accident to a jockey, his
mount or equipment, the stewards or the starter may permit the jockey to
dismount and the horse to be cared for during the delay, and may permit all
jockeys to dismount and all horses to be attended during the delay.
(2) In case of accident or casualty to a
horse before off-time, the stewards may excuse said horse.
(3) If the jockey is so injured on the way to
the post as to require another jockey, the horse shall be taken to the paddock
and another jockey obtained.
(1) All horses shall parade and, under
penalty of disqualification, shall carry their weight from the paddock to the
starting post, such parade to pass the steward's stand.
(2) After entering the track not more than
nine (9) minutes shall be consumed in the parade of the horses to the post
except in cases of unavoidable delay. After passing the stand once, horses will
be allowed to break formation and canter, warm up or go as they please to the
post. When horses have reached the post, they shall be started without
Blinker. Permission for a horse to add blinkers to his equipment
or to discontinue the use of them must be approved by the starter before being
granted by the stewards.
Wilful delay. No person shall wilfully delay the arrival of a
horse at the post.
Striking horse. No person other than the rider, starter, or
assistant starter shall be permitted to strike a horse, or attempt, by shouting
or otherwise to assist it in getting a start.
Crossing and weaving
(1) When clear, a horse may be taken to any
part of the course provided that crossing or weaving in front of contenders may
constitute interference or intimidation for which the offender may be
(2) A horse crossing
another so as actually to impede him is disqualified, unless the impeded horse
was partly in fault or the crossing was wholly caused by the fault of some
other horse or jockey.
Jostling. If a horse or
jockey jostle another horse, the aggressor may be disqualified, unless the
jostled horse or his jockey was partly in fault or the jostle was wholly caused
by the fault of some other horse or jockey.
Striking other horse, careless
riding. If a jockey wilfully strikes another horse or jockey, or rides
wilfully or carelessly so as to injure another horse which is in no way in
fault, or so as to cause other horses to do so, his horse is
Disqualification of entry. When a horse is disqualified under
rules (cc), (dd) and (ee) of this section, the other horse or horses in the
same race coupled as an entry under these regulations may be disqualified by
(1) Complaints under rules
(cc), (dd) and (ee) of this section can only be received from the owner (or his
authorized representative), trainer or jockey of the horse alleged to be
aggrieved, and must be made to the clerk of the scales or to the stewards
before his jockey has passed the scales. But nothing in this section shall
prevent the stewards taking cognizance of foul riding.
(2) A jockey whose horse has been
disqualified or who unnecessarily causes his horse to shorten his stride with a
view to complaint, or an owner, trainer or jockey who complains frivolously
that his horse was crossed or jostled, may be punished.
Jockey hearing. Any jockey
against whom a foul is claimed shall be given the opportunity to present his
case to the stewards before any decision is made by them.
Corrupt instructions. All
horses are expected to give their best efforts in races in which they run, and
any instructions or advice to jockeys to ride or handle their mounts otherwise
than for tile purpose of winning are forbidden and will subject all persons
giving or following such instructions or advice to disciplinary action by the
stewards and the commission.
Disqualification of horses. The stewards have power to call for
proof that a horse is neither itself disqualified in any respect, nor nominated
by nor the property, wholly or in part, of a disqualified person, and in
default of such proof being given to their satisfaction, they may declare the
Examination of horses. The stewards have power at any time to
order an examination, by such person or persons as they think fit, of any horse
entered for a race or which has run in a race.
Using photographic records.
Photographic records shall be taken of every race from start to finish and may
be used to aid the stewards in determining any question within their
Discretionary powers. If any case occurs which is not or which is
alleged not to be provided for by these rules and regulations, it shall be
determined by the stewards in such manner as serves the best interests of
thoroughbred racing; and the stewards may impose such punishment and take such
other action in the matter as they may deem to be within the intent of this
section, including reference to the commission.
Minute book and reports.
Action by the stewards in performing their duties shall be reported to the
commission. The stewards shall, within twenty-four (24) hours after the close
of each day, file with the commission a signed report of any and all
infractions of the rules coming under their observance that day; and shall file
with the commission any and all rulings on infractions or otherwise as soon as
said rulings are made. Where one steward disagrees with the majority, that fact
shall be noted in the report and the dissenting steward shall have the right to
file with the commission a written report setting forth the reason or reasons
for the disagreement. The stewards shall keep a minute book, recording therein
all complaints made to them and the disposition and all investigations by the
stewards and their findings thereon and all rulings made by the
paddock. One of the stewards or his duly appointed representative and
the paddock judge shall be in the paddock twenty (20) minutes before each race
and until the horses go to the post.
Starting time. During the
racing day, at least one of the stewards shall be present at the office
building on the grounds of the association where the race meeting is being
held, not later than scratch time of the racing program of the day, to exercise
the authority and perform the duties imposed on them by the rules and
regulations. At least one of the stewards must be on duty within call of the
racing secretary from the scratch time of the racing program of the day until
after the drawing of post positions.
Stewards in stand. There
shall be three (3) stewards (no more, no less) in the steward's stand when a
race is being run.
Disqualification. It shall be left to the discretion of the
stewards to rule on the disqualification of a horse or horses in a race, and
the placing of such horse or horses as a result of the
Substitute riders, trainers. In their discretion, the stewards
shall have the right to put upon a horse, a rider selected by them and to place
the horse in the charge of a trainer they may select.
Consult veterinarian. The
stewards shall consult with the association veterinarian in each ease where
there is a question of a horse's physical fitness to race.
. The stewards
may scratch an unruly horse or place an unruly horse outside the starting gate
pursuant to rule (b) of section
Final odds, testing horses
Stewards stall observe the final odds. the respective finish, and the
performance of each horse in each race to determine which horses shall be sent
to the detention area for the taking of specimens, pursuant to rule (d) of
report. At the close of each meeting, the stewards shall make a written
report to the commission of the condition of the meeting and any
recommendations they deem advisable.
Stewards supersede other
officials. The laws of Connecticut, and the rules and regulations of the
commission, supersede the conditions of a race, or the regulations of a race
meeting, when their is a conflict, and in matters pertaining to racing, the
orders of the stewards supersede the orders of the officials of the