Kan. Admin. Regs. § 112-11-20 - Greyhound racetrack facility safety standards; specifications; prohibition of chemical use on track surface

Current through Register Vol. 41, No. 14, April 7, 2022

(a) Each greyhound racetrack shall have the following:
(1) A minimum width of 20 feet with inside and outside fixed curbs at a specified slope in the outside curb;
(2) a first turn radius of 128 feet, with a second turn radius of 118 feet, and straightaways of 279.6 feet;
(3) a graduated minimum bank of 1 1/2 inches to each 12 inches on each turn;
(4) the 5/16 mile starting box set back in a chute;
(5) a water pumping system providing adequate volume and pressure to uniformly hand water the entire racing surface, as needed. Automatic sprinkling systems may be used to complement, but shall not replace, the hand watering system;
(6) automatic openers with a manual backup for each starting box;
(7) one curtain placed at least 50 feet before the escape and one curtain placed 25 feet beyond the escape and placed so as not to distract greyhounds while they are racing;
(8) an inside lure with an extendible arm;
(9) a commission-approved track base that is nonabrasive to a greyhound's feet and that has adequate track drainage and proper resiliency;
(10) unless otherwise approved by the commission in open meeting and upon the commission's determination that this approval would be in the best interest of racing, a closed-fluid winterization system extending from the starting boxes to the entire width and length of the track; and
(11) a video monitoring system with a monitor in the judges' room and trainers' lounge that permits the racing judges and trainers to view the activities in the lockout kennel, the movement of the lead outs and greyhounds from the lockout kennel to the starting boxes, and the activities at the starting boxes.
(b) Unless otherwise approved in advance by the commission in open meeting and upon the commission's determination that this approval would be in the best interest of racing, chemicals shall not be applied to the racing surface of a greyhound racetrack.
(c) Each lockout kennel shall have the following:
(1) Soundproofing, including masonry construction, that prevents the greyhounds from being disturbed by outside noises;
(2) crates located at floor level, unless otherwise approved by the commission;
(3) crates of molded fiberglass or metal with the following:
(A) Removable wooden floors;
(B) minimum inside dimensions of 36 inches wide, 42 inches deep, and 36 inches high;
(C) closed crate doors that leave one inch of clearance at top, bottom, and latching sides that protect the greyhound's tail and feet from injury; and
(D) drop latches or comparable latches that prevent hazard to the greyhounds;
(4) a sufficient number of crates to house the greyhounds required to schedule 13 races. A second weigh-in shall be held as soon as crates are available during performances with more than 13 races;
(5) a climate control system that can maintain a temperature between 68 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit; and
(6) an area equipped with heating and air-conditioning where greyhounds and trainers may wait to weigh in.
(d) Each organization licensee shall provide a coolout area that shall have a minimum of four water faucets with hoses and a dipping vat through which greyhounds may be walked to quickly cool them after racing. Each organization licensee shall change the water in the vat at least daily and prevent muddy residue from accumulating around the vat.
(e) Each organization licensee shall provide the following:
(1) A covered walkway from the parking area to the lockout kennel; and
(2) a covered walkway from the cool-out area to the parking area.
(f) Each kennel compound area shall have the following:
(1) Separate kennel buildings of masonry construction for each contract kennel;
(2) a location far enough away from the grandstand and racing areas that kenneled dogs are not disturbed by racetrack noises; and
(3) 24-hour security for the compound enclosure provided by the organization licensee during the official racing season.
(g) Each kennel building shall have the following:
(1) A partitioned kitchen area and crate area;
(2) minimum dimensions of 20 feet by 62 feet;
(3) at least two adjoining turnout pens meeting the following specifications for each kennel building:
(A) Is free of obstructions;
(B) measures at least 30 feet by 30 feet each;
(C) is equipped with interconnecting gates;
(D) is equipped with drainage and a water faucet in each;
(E) is lighted by at least two halogen lights of at least 300 watts each in each turnout pen, one at each end; and
(F) is surrounded by a chain-link fence that is at least six feet high;
(4) a 20-foot overhang that extends the length of the building;
(5) at least 12 inches of sand in turnout pens, which shall be removed and replaced by the organization licensee with new sand at least once every 12 months of racing;
(6) a gate in each turnout pen through which a vehicle may be driven to remove the sand and deposit new sand;
(7) a fenced safety pen eight feet wide, located between the parking area and turnout pens and equipped with gates, to facilitate the moving of greyhounds directly between the parking area and the turnout pens;
(8) a maximum of 60 crates or, with the prior approval of the animal health officer, a maximum of 72 crates;
(9) metal crates with compartments that are at least 36 inches wide, 42 inches deep, and 36 inches high and equipped with drop latches and casters;
(10) not more than 72 greyhounds housed in each kennel building with not more than one greyhound in each crate, unless the racing judges have approved a specific request otherwise;
(11) a kitchen area equipped with a hot water heater with a minimum capacity of 20 gallons, a deep sink of durable construction with a drain board, adequate shelving and cabinet space, and a shower and commode in an enclosed area;
(12) one floor drain in each crate area and one floor drain in each kitchen area;
(13) a climate control system that is capable of maintaining a temperature between 68 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit;
(14) smoke and temperature alarms in each kennel area connected to the compound security office and capable of alerting security of emergency conditions;
(15) emergency backup power adequate to provide continuous ventilation that will protect the greyhounds if a power failure occurs at any time during a racing season scheduled in the months of May through September;
(16) a fresh air ventilation system or at least four windows of approximately four square feet each that are equipped with screens and can be opened;
(17) lighting to adequately illuminate all areas inside the kennel;
(18) adequate space within the kennel building for each contract kennel to place a dog-walking machine and adequate floor space within the crate area for a hydrotherapy vat; and
(19) an on-line hookup for a telephone and a video monitoring system that permits the trainers to watch the races.
(h) Unless otherwise approved by the commission in open meeting and upon the commission's determination that this approval would be in the best interest of racing, each organization licensee shall provide sprint paths as follows:
(1) One sprint path measuring at least 16 feet by 350 feet, equipped with a common center fence, and heated by a closed-fluid winterization system extending the length and width of the sprint path;
(2) two open sprint paths measuring at least 20 feet by 500 feet;
(3) one all-weather surface road sufficient to operate a vehicle adjacent to each sprint path; and
(4) a sprint path surface, to which chemicals shall not be applied.
(i) Each sprint path shall be located so that sprint activity does not disturb the greyhounds in the kennel compound area. Each sprint path shall be available for use at all times, except during racing hours, and shall be equipped with side gates through which greyhounds can enter the path and a gate through which a kennel vehicle can be driven.


Kan. Admin. Regs. § 112-11-20
Authorized by K.S.A. 74-8804; implementing K.S.A. 74-8825; effective July 23, 1989; amended March 19, 1990; amended Aug. 9, 1996; amended June 22, 2001; amended March 14, 2003; amended Jan. 6, 2006; amended Jan. 18, 2008.

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