Responsibility of association. Each association shall appoint at
least three (3) placing judges who shall be licensed by the commission, and
whose stations shall be designated by the stewards.
Duties. The placing judges
must occupy the judges' box at the time the horses pass the winning post, and
their sole duty shall be to place the horses. When the judges differ, the
majority shall govern. They must announce their decisions promptly, and such
decisions shall be final, unless objection to the winner or any placed horse is
made and sustained. Provided, that this section shall not prevent the placing
judges from correcting any mistake, such correction being subject to
confirmation by the stewards.
Determining the placing. In determining the places of horses at
the finish of a race, the placing judges shall consider only the respective
noses of such horses.
Camera. On all tracks a proper camera shall be installed as an aid
to the placing judges, however, in all cases, the camera is merely an aid and
the decision of the judges shall be final. The type of equipment shall be
approved by the commission. The photograph of each finish shall be posted in at
least one conspicuous place as promptly as possible after each race.
Number of finishers. The
placing judge or judges shall determine the order of finishing of as many
horses as they may think proper.
Correcting errors on the
tote. Nothing in these rules shall be construed to prevent the placing
judges, with the approval of the stewards, from correcting an error before the
display of the sign "official" or from recalling the sign "official" in case it
has been displayed through error.
Reports. The placing judges
shall at the close of each day's racing sign and send a report of the result of
each race to the office of the commission, and shall supply to other officials
such information in respect to the races as the association may
Posting order of
finish. When a result is official, that word shall be flashed on the
result board and shall signify that the placing of the horses is final insofar
as the payoff is concerned. If any change be made in the order of finish of a
race after the result is so declared official, it shall not affect the payoff.
The posting on the result board of the order of winning, place and show horses
or the prices to be paid shall not be deemed to signify that such result and
prices are official until the official signal has been shown on the result
board and announced by the public address system.
When inquiry or objection is
claimed. In the event of an inquiry or objection being claimed, the word
"inquiry" shall be flashed if it is an inquiry, and the word "objection" shall
be flashed if it is an objection, forthwith on the result board and
announcement thereof made on the public address system.
Rulings after race declared
official. Rulings of the stewards with regard to the award of purse
money, made after the result has been declared official, shall in no way affect
the mutuel payoff.