Registration of ownership. All horses shall be registered in
current ownership either as standard or non-standard with the United States
trotting association and the owner or owners shall upon request of the
commission or its authorized representatives, produce a valid registration
certificate issued by the United States trotting association.
Issuance of eligibility
(1) An eligibility
certificate shall be issued only to an active member of the United States
trotting association in good standing and shall not be issued to an owner or
horse under penalty except as provided in United States trotting association
rules and regulations.
Eligibility certificates of corporations shall likewise be obtained in
accordance with rules of the United States trotting association.
(1) Classification by racing secretary. The
racing secretary, according to his judgment, shall assign horses eligible for
classification by gait to not more than the following classes based upon
ability as demonstrated by past performances: ffa (free-for-all), jfa
(junior-free-for-all), aa, a, b, c, d, and where feasible, into not more than
three subclasses designated by number within classes aa, a, b, c, and d. Such
assignment shall be made when a horse is first accepted for racing at the track
and all such assignments and changes thereof shall be posted in the declaration
lease of horse, endorsements. When a horse is sold or leased after an
eligibility certificate is issued for the current year, the seller or his
authorized agent in writing shall endorse the eligibility certificate to the
new owner or lessee who may use it, providing that he immediately sends the
registration certificate for transfer or a copy of the lease to the United
States trotting association. If the eligibility certificate is not endorsed to
him, the new owner or lessee must apply to the United States trotting
association for an eligibility certificate.
Information where horses are raced
at Canadian tracks. Owners of horses who have raced at Canadian tracks
not in membership with the United States trotting association shall, prior to
declaration, furnish the race secretary either an eligibility certificate
issued by the United States trotting association or a Canadian eligibility
certificate which has been validated by the United States trotting association.
In either instance, the eligibility certificate shall be completely filled out
for the current year.
Tampering with eligibility certificates. No person shall tamper
with eligibility certificates. Any winnings may be forfeited and the offending
party may be fined and/or suspended if found in violation of this
eligibility certificates. Corrections on said certificates may be made
only by one of the judges, the commission or a representative of the United
States trotting association. Persons making corrections shall sign their
initials and date thereon.
Eligibility certificates from foreign countries other than Canada
No eligibility certificate will be considered valid on a horse coming from a
country other than Canada unless the following information, certified by the
United States trotting association or governing body of that country from which
the horse comes is furnished:
(1) The number
of starts during the preceding year, together with the number of firsts,
seconds and thirds for each horse, and the total amount of money won during the
(2) The number of races in
which the horse has started during the current year, together with the number
of firsts, seconds and thirds for each horse and the money won during this
(3) A detailed list of the
last six starts giving the date, place, track condition, post position or
handicap, if it was a handicap race, distance of the race, his position at the
finish, the time of the race, the driver's name, and the first three horses in
or destruction of eligibility certificate. In the event of loss or
destruction of an eligibility certificate, a replacement certificate must be
secured from the United States trotting association.
horse shall be declared to race except as hereinafter stated without first
having an eligibility certificate placed on file with the race secretary.
Telephonic declarations may be sent and accepted in accordance with rule (a) of
of these rules, without penalty provided the declarer furnishes adequate
program information, but the eligibility certificate must be presented when the
horse arrives at the track and before he races. The racing secretary shall
check each certificate and certify to the judges as to the eligibility of all
Eligibility. For purposes of eligibility, a racing season or
racing years shall be the calendar year. In recording winnings, gross winnings
will be used and odd cents will be dropped and disregarded.
Date eligibility determined.
Horses must be eligible when entries close, but winnings on the closing date of
eligibility shall not be considered.
Conflicting conditions. In
the event there are conflicting published conditions and neither is withdrawn,
the more favorable to the nominator shall govern.
Standard for overnight
events. The race secretary shall prescribe standards to determine
whether a horse is qualified to race in overnight events at a
overnight conditions. Condition books containing at least three (3) days
racing program shall be available to horsemen at least twenty-four (24) hours
prior to taking declarations on races contained therein. Conditions for
overnight events must be posted at least eighteen (18) hours before entries
close. Substituted conditioned races may be used only when regularly scheduled
races fail to fill.
of races to be offered
. In presenting a program of racing, the race
secretary shall use exclusively the following types of races:
(1) Stakes and futurities.
(2) Early closing and late closing
(6) Preferred races limited
to the fastest horses at the meeting. These may be free-for-all races, junior
free-for-all or invitationals. Horses to be used in such races shall be posted
in the race secretary's office and listed with the presiding judge. Horses so
listed shall not be eligible for conditioned overnight races unless the
conditions specifically include horses on the preferred list. Twelve (12) such
races may be conducted during a six (6) day period of racing at tracks
distributing more than $100,000 in overnight purses during such period and not
more than ten (10) such races shall be conducted at other tracks during a six
(6) day period of racing, provided that at least two (2) of these races are for
three-year-olds, four-year-olds, or combined three and four-year-olds. At
tracks which race less than five (5) days per week, not more than ten (10) such
races may be conducted during a six (6) day period. Purses offered for such
races shall be at least fifteen (15) percent (%) higher than the highest purse
offered for a condition race programmed the same racing week. No two-year-old
or three-year-old will be eligible to be placed on the preferred or
invitational list to race against older horses until it has won seven (7) races
unless requested by the owner or authorized agent. The owner or authorized
agent may withdraw such request at his discretion.
Limitation on conditions.
Conditions shall not be written in such a way that any horse is deprived of an
opportunity to race in normal preference cycle. Where the word "preferred" is
used in a condition it shall not supersede date preference. Not more than three
(3) "also eligible" conditions shall be used in writing the conditions of any
Preference. Preference shall be given in all overnight events
according to a horse's last previous purse race during the current year. The
preference date on a horse that has drawn to race and been scratched is the
date of the race from which he was scratched. When a horse is racing for the
first time in the current year, the date of the first declaration shall be
considered its last race date, and preference applied accordingly.
Dashes and heats. Any dash
or any heat shall be considered as a separate race for the purposes of
races. Named races are not permitted except for preferred races for the
fastest horses at a meeting as set forth in rule (p) (6) of this section, and
invitational two or three-year-old races with a purse at least fifteen (15)
percent (%) higher than the highest purse offered for a conditioned race
programmed the same racing week.
Selection or drawing of
. For all overnight events, starters and "also eligibles" shall be
drawn by lot from those properly declared in, except that a race secretary must
establish a preference system for races as provided for in rule (e) of section
However, where necessary to fill a card, not more than one (1) race per day may
be divided into not more than two (2) divisions after preference has been
applied and the divisions may be selected by the race secretary.
of all horses shall be posted by gait with the following information:
(1) Lifetime winnings.
(2) Season's winnings.
(3) Winnings at the meeting.
(4) Wins during the season.
(5) Age, gait and sex.
(6) Previous year's earnings.
Date of last win.
There shall be a separate posting of two, three and
Rejection of declaration
(1) The race secretary may reject the
declaration on any horse whose eligibility certificate was not in his
possession on the date the condition book is published.
(2) The race secretary may reject the
declaration on any horse whose past performance indicates that he would be
below the competitive level of other horses declared, provided the rejection
does not result in a race being cancelled. Before doing so, and before post
positions for the race have been drawn, the owner or trainer of such horse or
horses shall be duly advised of the action about to be taken.
Substitute and divided
races. Substitute races may be provided for each day's program and shall
be so designated. A substitute race or a race divided into two (2) divisions
shall be used if regularly scheduled races fail to fill. The practice of
carrying races to the next day's program should be avoided.
Opportunities to race. A
fair and reasonable racing opportunity shall be afforded both trotters and
pacers in reasonable proportion from those available and qualified to race. Not
more than fifty (50) percent (%) of any week's racing program shall be claiming
races. A horse winning a qualifying race shall not be deprived by reason
of such performance of his right to start in an event limited to
prohibited from racing. No employee or officer engaged in the active
management of an association or a member of his immediate family shall race, or
permit, or cause to be raced, any horse in which he has any interest, either
direct or indirect, at any meeting conducted by that association.