NECESSITY, FUNCTION, AND CONFORMITY:
authorize the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (the "commission") to promulgate
administrative regulations regulating horse racing in Kentucky. This
administrative regulation establishes requirements for the participation of
horses in horse race meetings, protects the safety and welfare of the horse,
and creates a level playing field for participants thereby protecting the
integrity of pari-mutuel wagering.
1. Definition. "Electronic registration system" means a software
application available online and approved by the commission that allows an
association's racing secretary or the secretary's designee, or horse identifier
or the identifier's designee, full access to horse and trainer records from all
tracks in North America, including current owner information.
Registration and Identification
A horse shall not be entered or
raced in Kentucky unless:
(a) The horse is
duly registered, as applicable, in The Jockey Club breed registry, the American
Quarter Horse Association, the Appaloosa Horse Club, the Arabian Horse
Association Registry, or the American Paint Horse Association, or their
respective successors; and
1. The registration certificate, virtual or
digital certificate, or racing permit issued by the applicable breed registry
for the horse is on file with the racing secretary; or
2. The information contained on the
registration certificate, virtual or digital certificate, or racing permit is
available to the racing secretary through the electronic registration
The stewards may at any time require presentation of a horse's registration
certificate, virtual or digital certificate, or racing permit or other proof of
(3) Upon claim, sale, or
any other transfer of ownership, the horse's registration certificate or racing
permit shall be given to the new owner, and any virtual or digital certificate
shall be transferred to the new owner electronically. The new owner shall
report the change in ownership to the stewards.
(4) If the electronic registration system
fails for any reason, the stewards may require presentation of a horse's
registration certificate, virtual or digital certificate, or racing permit
prior to a horse being entered or raced in Kentucky.
(1) A horse shall not be entered or raced in
Kentucky designated by a name other than the name under which the horse is
currently registered with the applicable breed registry. If a horse's name is
changed with the applicable breed registry, and the horse has raced under its
previous name, the horse's former name shall be shown parenthetically in the
daily race program the first three (3) times the horse races after the name
(2) A person shall not
cause or permit the correct identity of a horse to be concealed or altered. A
person shall not refuse to reveal the correct identity of a horse that he or
she owns or is in his or her care to a racing official or member of the regular
A horse shall not
race in Kentucky unless identified by:
legible lip tattoo number applied by agents of the Thoroughbred Racing and
Protective Bureau, or by the comparable authorized organization applicable to
the breed of the horse;
electronic horse identification microchip that accurately identifies the horse,
is compliant with the international standards ISO 11784, is verified by agents
of the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau, or its successor, and is
documented in The Jockey Club database or by the comparable authorized
organization applicable to the breed of the horse; or
(c) With regards to a horse from a foreign
jurisdiction participating in a graded stakes race, has otherwise been
correctly identified to the stewards' satisfaction.
A horse shall not be entered or raced in
Kentucky if previously involved in a "ringer" case to the extent that:
(a) A person having control of the horse
knowingly entered or raced the horse while designated by a name other than the
name under which the horse was registered with The Jockey Club; or
(b) The person having control of the horse
participated in or assisted in the entry or racing of some other horse under
the name registered as belonging to the horse in question.
(1) A horse that has had a chemical,
surgical, or thermal neurectomy at or above the fetlock shall not be permitted
A horse that has had a
palmar or plantar digital neurectomy may be permitted to race if:
(a) The neurectomy has been reported by the
trainer to the stewards; and
The horse has been approved for racing by the commission veterinarian prior to
being entered to race.
A horse on which a neurectomy has been
performed shall have that fact designated on its registration certificate,
virtual or digital certificate, racing permit, and entry in the electronic
registration system. Responsibility for ensuring that the neurectomy is
correctly noted on the horse's registration certificate, virtual or digital
certificate, racing permit, and entry in the electronic registration system
(a) Jointly on the practicing
veterinarian who performed the operation and the trainer of the denerved horse
if the neurectomy was performed at a location under the commission's
(b) Solely on the
owner of the denerved horse if the neurectomy was performed at a location not
under the commission's jurisdiction.
(4) If a horse races in violation of this
administrative regulation and participates in the purse distribution, then a
protest shall not be considered unless submitted in writing to the stewards
within forty-eight (48) hours after the race.
(5) If a horse races in violation of this
administrative regulation and is claimed, then a protest shall not be
considered unless the successful claimant submits a protest in writing within
forty-eight (48) hours after the race requesting the claim be voided. If the
claim is voided, the horse shall be returned to the owner who started the horse
in the race, and the claim price shall be returned to the claimant.
(6) A list of all denerved horses shall be
posted in the racing secretary's office.
Health Certificate Required.
A horse shall not be stabled on the
grounds of a licensed association or any training center under the jurisdiction
of the commission unless a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection is issued by an
(a) Not more than
ten (10) days prior to the horse's arrival on the grounds; or
(b) Within a lesser interval as prescribed by
the racing association in consultation with the Kentucky Department of
of this requirement shall be included in the stall application of all licensed
associations and training centers under the jurisdiction of the commission and
all condition books of licensed associations.
Section 6. Workouts. A horse shall not be
schooled in the paddock or taken onto a track on association grounds for
training or workout, other than during normal training hours posted by the
association, without special permission of the stewards.
Thoroughbred Age Restrictions.
(1) A maiden six (6) years of age or older
that has made five (5) life time starts on the flat shall not be entered or
(2) A first time starter
five (5) years of age or older shall be approved by a commission veterinarian
prior to entry.
8. Other Age Restrictions. A quarter horse, paint horse, Arabian,
or Appaloosa horse six (6) years of age or older shall not be entered or raced
in a race restricted to maidens. A horse thirteen (13) years of age or older
shall not be entered or raced.
Fillies and Mares Bred.
filly or mare that has been covered by a stallion shall:
(a) Be so reported to the racing secretary
prior to being entered in a race; and
(b) Not be entered in a claiming race, unless
a written release from the stallion owner is attached to the filly's or mare's
registration certificate, or otherwise provided to the stewards, indicating
that the stallion service fee has been paid or satisfied.
(2) A list of all fillies and mares so
reported, showing the names of stallions to which they have been bred, shall be
posted in the racing secretary's office.
(3) A filly or mare in-foal shall not be
entered in a race 120 days or more after the date of last cover.
Racing. A horse shall not be entered or raced that:
(1) Is not in serviceable, sound racing
condition. The stewards may at any time require a horse on association grounds
to be examined by a qualified person;
(2) Is posted on a veterinarian's list,
stewards' list, or starter's list in any racing jurisdiction;
(3) Has previously raced, but has made no
starts in the last 365 days or more, unless approved by a commission
veterinarian prior to entry;
suspended in any jurisdiction;
Has been administered any drug in violation of
(6) Is blind or has seriously impaired vision
in both eyes;
(7) Is not correctly
identified to the satisfaction of the stewards; or
(8) Is owned wholly or in part by or is
trained by an ineligible person.
(1) Riding crops and blinkers shall be used
consistently on a horse while racing.
(2) Permission to change use of any equipment
used on a horse from its previous start shall be obtained from the
(3) A horse's tongue may
be tied down during a race with a clean bandage or gauze.
(4) A horse's bridle shall not weigh more
than two (2) pounds.
(5) Bits shall
be of a metallic alloy base of stainless steel or aluminum and may be encased
in rubber, plastic, or leather.
War bridles and bitless bridles shall not be used.
(7) Bar shoes may be used for racing only
with permission of the stewards.
(8) Any goading device, chain, spurs,
electrical or mechanical device, or appliance, except for a riding crop, that
can be used to alter the speed of a horse shall not be used on a horse in a
race or workout.
(a) Any riding crop shall be subject to
inspection and approval by the stewards or the clerk of the scales to ensure
conformity with the specifications of paragraphs (c) through (e) of this
(b) Only riding crops
meeting the specifications of this subsection, including the mandatory shock
absorbing characteristics, may be used in thoroughbred racing and
A riding crop shall
1. Maximum weight of eight (8)
2. Maximum length,
including flap, of thirty (30) inches; and
3. Minimum diameter of the shaft of
three-eighths (3/8) inch.
only additional feature that may be attached to the riding crop is a flap that
shall have a:
a. Maximum length from the end
of the shaft of one-half (1/2) inch; and
b. Maximum width of one and six-tenths (1.6)
inches, with a minimum width of eight-tenths (0.8) inch;
2. The flap from the end of the shaft shall
not contain any reinforcements or additions;
3. There shall not be binding within seven
(7) inches of the end of the flap;
4. The contact area of the shaft shall be
smooth, with no protrusion or raised surface, and covered by shock absorbing
material throughout its circumference; and
5. The flap shall have similar shock
absorbing characteristics to that of the contact area.
A riding crop shall not have:
1. Stingers or projections extending through
the hole of a popper; and
The following shall not be used on the front shoes of horses while racing or
training on any racing surface:
shoes that have toe grabs;
3. Jar calks;
4. Stickers; and
5. Any other traction device worn on the
front shoes of horses.
(b) Wear plates with a height no greater than
two (2) millimeters may be used on the front shoes of horses while racing or
Indiscriminate or brutal use on a horse of a riding crop or any other
equipment, as determined by the stewards, at any time on the grounds of a
licensed racing association or training center under the jurisdiction of the
commission shall be prohibited.
Section 12. Sex Alteration. Any alteration in
the sex of a horse shall be reported by the horse's trainer to the racing
secretary and to the appropriate breed registry applicable to the horse. The
alteration shall be noted on the horse's registration certificate, racing
permit, virtual or digital certificate, or entry in the electronic
Section 13. Reporting Death
of Horse. A licensed racing association or training center under the
jurisdiction of the commission shall report the death or euthanization of any
horse on its grounds immediately to the chief commission
Postmortem Examination. A horse that dies or is euthanized on the grounds of a
licensed association or training center under the jurisdiction of the
commission shall undergo a postmortem examination at the discretion of the
commission. If a postmortem examination is conducted:
(1) All shoes and equipment on the horse's
legs shall be left on the horse;
The commission, through its designee:
(a) Shall take possession of the horse upon
(b) Shall, if commission
personnel are present, collect and submit for analysis blood, urine, bodily
fluids, or other biologic specimens immediately, if possible before
euthanization occurs; and
coordinate with the owner or owner's licensed authorized agent to determine and
address any insurance requirements.
(3) The remains of the horse shall not be
returned after completion of the postmortem examination.
The presence of a prohibited substance in
a specimen collected during the postmortem examination may constitute a
Incorporation by Reference.
(1) "ISO 11784", 2004 is incorporated by
(2) This material may be
inspected, copied, or obtained, subject to applicable copyright law, at the
Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, 4063 Iron Works Parkway, Building B,
Lexington, Kentucky, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.