(1) Horses are in the hands of the starter
from the moment they enter the track until the start is made.
(2) He shall give all orders necessary to
secure a fair start.
(3) He shall
report to the stewards by whom and by what cause any delay was occasioned, and
any cases of misconduct by assistant starters or by jockeys when under his
(4) He, or his assistants,
shall keep records of horses handled, by which assistant, and equipment used if
other than the ordinary lead strap.
start must not be delayed on account of bad-mannered horses. After reasonable
efforts, if a horse cannot be led or backed into position, the starter shall do
(1) In non-stake races the
starter shall consult with the stewards and the stewards shall have the
discretion to scratch a horse that is unruly.
(2) In stake races the starter shall consult
with the stewards and the stewards, in their discretion, may scratch the unruly
horse, or may order the starter to place the horse on the outside and one
length behind the starting gate or in a position outside the starting
horse, reloading gate. Should a horse break through the gate, or unseat
his rider after part or all of the field is loaded in the gate for the start,
and such horse is not immediately taken in hand by the out rider and brought
back for reloading, the starter shall unload the horses in the gate and reload
in their proper order when the run away horse is brought back in position for
positions. The starter is required to load horses in the starting gate
in order of post position. Any exception to this must receive the approval of
signal. The horses shall be started by a machine or bell, or by both and
there shall be no start until, and no recall after the starter has signaled for
behavior. The starter or his assistants shall not strike or use abusive
language toward a jockey.
Assistant starters, location. The starter shall daily change the
position on the track of each of his assistant starters. The starter shall not
notify the assistant starters of their positions until after the horses shall
have left the paddock for the first race.
Schooling. Horses shall be
schooled under the supervision of the starter or his assistants, and the
starter shall designate the horses to be placed on the schooling list, a copy
of which shall be posted in the office of the racing secretary. Except in
stakes, a horse will not be eligible to start until the starter orders the name
stricken from the schooling list.
Approval of certain entries.
The starter shall certify that all entries of two-year-olds, and older horses
which have never started at a recognized track, are schooled in the starting
gate before they are allowed to start.
Power to recommend
penalties. The starter shall have authority to recommend to the stewards
that a jockey be fined or suspended for disobedience of his orders or for
attempting to take any unfair advantage. Should the stewards find that such
jockey has disobeyed the orders of the starter or attempted to take unfair
advantage, he shall be subjected to the penalties prescribed in these