(1) Each jockey must obtain a license from
(2) A person who
has never ridden in a race before may be allowed to ride in two races before
applying for his first jockey or apprentice jockey license pending approval by
the stewards. Before an applicant can be granted his first license as a jockey,
the starter shall inform the stewards of the applicant's ability to control a
horse while breaking from the starting gate.
(3) The stewards may permit a jockey to ride
pending action on his application.
Restriction on jockeys
(1) No licensed jockey shall be the owner or
trainer of any race horse.
jockey shall not ride or agree to ride in any race without the consent of the
owner or trainer to whom he is under contract.
(3) A jockey may not ride in any race against
a starter of his contract employer unless his mount and contract employer's
starter are both in the hands of the same trainer.
(4) No jockey shall bet on any race except
through the owner of and on the horse which he rides. Any jockey violating this
section shall have his license revoked.
(5) Interrogation by stewards-all owners,
trainers, jockeys, employees, agents or other persons in any way connected with
said association may be, at any time, interrogated by the stewards in reference
to the making or placing of any bets anywhere on any race run at said
(6) A jockey under
temporary suspension shall not ride in a race for anyone during the period of
(7) The suspension
of a jockey for an offense not involving fraud shall begin on the second day
after the ruling, unless otherwise ordered by the stewards. A suspension for
fraud shall begin immediately after the ruling.
(8) A forfeiture must be paid by the jockey
himself and any other person paying it shall be subject to such penalties as
may be prescribed by the stewards.
(9) A jockey shall not ride and a trainer
shall not train for anyone during the period of his suspension. Any person who
shall employ a jockey or trainer in contravention of this section may be
suspended or fined by the stewards pursuant to these rules.
engagements. All jockeys shall faithfully fulfill all engagements in
respect to racing.
Appearance. In riding a race, a jockey must be neat in appearance.
All riders must be dressed in clean jockey costumes, caps, jackets of silk,
white breeches, and top boots.
Safety helmet. It shall he mandatory that every jockey, apprentice
jockey, and other rider wear a protective helmet of a type approved by the
stewards when riding in races, when exercising horses, or when ponying a
Colors worn by riders. A jockey must wear the colors of the owner
or owners of the horse he is riding except by special permission of the
stewards, which permission shall be posted on the bulletin board, together with
notice of the colors the jockey shall wear, and the number of the horse as is
exhibited after weighing out. When the horse is being warmed up, the same
number must be exhibited upon the right arm of its rider.
Report to scale room. Every
jockey who is engaged to ride in a race shall report to the scale room on the
day of the race at the time required by the officials. He shall then report his
engagements and overweight, if any, to the clerk of the scales, and thereafter,
except with the permission of the stewards, shall not leave the jockey room,
except to view the races from a point approved by the stewards or to ride in a
race, until all of his engagements of the day have been fulfilled.
Examination by physician.
Before the commencement of a racing season all jockeys must be examined by a
licensed physician, designated by the board of stewards in order to establish
their physical condition and freedom from disabling defects or contagious
disease. During the conduct of a meeting, the board of stewards may require
that any jockey be reexamined and may refuse to allow said jockey to ride until
he successfully passes such examination.
Spouses riding against each
other. Jockeys who are spouses may not ride against his or her spouse,
unless their mounts are coupled in the betting and run as an entry.
Racing against agent's
horse. A jockey shall not ride in any race against a horse owned and/or
trained by his agent.
Priority of retainers. Employers retaining the same jockey have
precedence according to priority of the retainers as specified in the
claims on jockeys. Conflicting claims for the services of a jockey shall
be decided by the stewards.
Whips, length and kind. Jockey whips shall be no longer than
twenty-eight (28) inches with one popper. No stingers (projections extending
through a hole of the popper) are permitted.
Illegal whipping. No jockey
shall hit or clip a horse across or between the ears.
Use of spurs. The use of
spurs by a jockey is prohibited.
Contracts to be filed. The
terms of all contracts between jockeys and their employers shall be filed with
the commission after approval by the stewards. The contracts shall contain a
provision that in case a jockey's license is revoked, the salary of the jockey
room custodian. The jockey room custodian shall have charge of the
jockey's quarters. He shall take custody of the clothing and personal effects
of the jockeys and provide for their safekeeping. He shall uphold the rules of
the commission and he shall not make any wager for himself or place a wager for
any other person upon a race.
Fees. Any apprentice or contract rider shall be entitled to the
regular jockey fees, except when riding a horse owned in part or solely by his
contract holder. An interest in the winnings only (such as trainer's percent)
shall not constitute ownership.