(1) In claiming races any
horse may be claimed for its entered price by any owner licensed for racing at
that meeting, who has nominated a starter up to or including the race in which
the claim is made or by his authorized agent, but for the account only of the
owner making the claim, or for whom the claim was made by the agent; provided,
however, that no person shall claim his own horse or cause his horse to be
claimed directly or indirectly for his own account.
(2) Where the owner is a partnership, all
members of the partnership shall be bound by this section.
Minimum price for claim. The
minimum price for which a horse may be entered in a claiming race shall be
$3,000.00 but in no case shall it be entered for less than the value of the
purse to the winner.
Conditions for starting claimed horse
(1) For a period of thirty (30) days after
the claim, a claimed horse shall not start in a race in which the determining
eligibility price is less than twenty-five (25) percent more than the price at
which it was claimed. The day claimed shall not count, but the following
calendar day shall be the first day and the horse shall be entitled to enter
whenever necessary so the horse may start on the thirty-first (31st) calendar
day following the claim for any claiming price. This provision shall not apply
to starter handicaps in which the weight to be carried is assigned by the
(2) If a horse is
claimed, it shall not be sold or transferred to anyone wholly or in part,
except in a claiming race, for a period of thirty (30) days from date of claim,
nor shall it, unless reclaimed, remain in the same stable or under the control
or management of its former owner or trainer for a like period, nor shall it
race elsewhere until after the close of the meeting at which it was claimed,
except by special permission of the stewards at said meeting.
Requirements for claim,
determination by stewards. All claims shall be in writing and filed at
least fifteen (15) minutes before post time. All claims shall be on a form
supplied by the association and shall be properly signed and enclosed in an
envelope provided for the purpose by the racing secretary. The envelope shall
have no identification mark on it, but it shall be marked with the number of
the race. It shall be sealed and stamped by a time clock and deposited in a
locked box provided for this purpose by the racing secretary. No money shall
accompany the claim. Each person desiring to make a claim, unless he shall have
such amount to his credit with the association, must first deposit with the
association the whole amount of the claim in cash, and any prevailing
Connecticut taxes, for which a receipt will be given. All claims shall be
passed upon by the stewards, and the person determined at the closing time for
claiming to have the right of claim shall become the owner of the horse when
the start is effected, whether it be alive or dead, sound or unsound or injured
before or during the race or after it. If more than one person should enter a
claim for the same horse, the disposition of the horse shall be decided by lot
by the stewards. An owner shall not be informed that a claim has been made
until after the race has been run, and any horse so claimed shall then be taken
to the paddock for delivery to the claimant.
Limitations on claims
(1) No person shall claim more than one horse
in a race.
(2) No authorized agent,
although representing more than one owner, shall submit more than one claim in
any one race.
(3) When a stable
consists of horses owned by more than one person, trained by the same trainer,
not more than one claim may be entered on behalf of such stable in any one
for whom horse runs. Each horse shall run for the account of the person
in whose name it starts.
Claim irrevocable when lodged. When a claim has been lodged with
the racing secretary, it is irrevocable, and is at the risk of the
In case of dead
heat. In case of a dead heat, each of the dividing horses is the winner
for the purpose of this part.
Collusive claiming punished
Should the stewards be of the opinion that any person is claiming a horse
collusively for the benefit of another interest or in order to evade the
provision of any sections of this chapter, they may require him to make an
affidavit that he is not so doing, and if upon proof it is ascertained that he
made a false affidavit, he shall be referred to the commission for further
(2) Should the stewards
within twenty-four (24) hours after the running of a race be of the opinion
that the lease or the entry of a horse was not made in good faith but was made
for the purpose of obtaining the privilege of entering a claim, then in each
case they may disallow or cancel any such claim and order the return of a horse
that may have been delivered and refer the case to the commission for further
Delivery on written order. No horse shall be delivered except on a
written order from the racing secretary.
Refusal to deliver. Any
person refusing to deliver a claimed horse shall be suspended and his case
referred to the commission. The horse is disqualified until he is delivered to
Intimidation, collusion. Any person who shall attempt to prevent
another person from claiming any horse in a claiming race, or any owners
running in claiming races who may make any agreement for the claiming of each
other's horses, may be punished by the stewards or they may refer the matter to
the commission for further action.
Steward's certificate to
claim. When a stable has been eliminated by claiming, the owner so
affected, if he has not replenished his stable before the close of the meeting,
may obtain a certificate from the stewards of the meeting; and on presentation
thereof the owner shall be entitled to claim during the next thirty (30) racing
days at any recognized meeting in this state, until he has claimed a horse.
Stables eliminated by fire or other hazards may also be permitted to claim
under this rule in the discretion of the stewards.
Program. The claiming price
of each horse in a claiming race shall be printed in the official program, and
all claims for said horse shall be for the amount so designated.