205 CMR 3.21 - Trainers

(1) Each trainer must obtain a license from the Commission.
(2) No trainer shall practice his or her profession, except under his or her own name.
(3) The Judges may permit a trainer to act pending action on his or her applications.
(4) A licensed trainer may represent the owner in the matter of entries and declarations.
(5) A trainer shall have his or her horse in the paddock at the time appointed.
(6) A trainer shall attend his or her horse in the paddock, unless he or she has obtained the permission of the Judges.
(7) The trainer shall be responsible for and be the absolute insurer of the condition of the horses he or she enters, regardless of the acts of third parties.
(8) Each trainer shall register with the Racing Secretary every person in his or her employ.
(9) A trainer shall not have in charge or under his or her supervision any horse owned, in whole or part by a disqualified person.
(10) No trainer shall accept, directly or indirectly, any bribe, gift or gratuity in any form that might influence the result of any race or which would tend to do so.
(11) No trainer shall move or permit to be moved any horse or horses in his or her care from the grounds of an Association without permission from the Association.
(12) A trainer shall not enter or start a horse that:
(a) is not in serviceably sound racing condition;
(b) has been trachea tubed;
(c) has been nerved at or above the ankle;
(d) has been nerved or had cryosurgery performed on a nerve, except that horses that have had a neurectomy or cryosurgery performed on the posterior digital nerve below, and not at, the fetlock of one or more feet may be permitted to race;
(e) is blind or whose vision is seriously impaired in both eyes. A horse blind in one eye may start only if the other eye has normal vision.
(f) does not comply with M.G.L. c. 129, § 44 and 330 CMR 16.05: Prevention and Suppression of Equine Infectious Anemia.
(13) The trainer and/or owner shall see to it that a report is made promptly to the Judges and/or the Official Veterinarian of any and all sickness of his or her horses that have been declared to race.
(14) Trainers of said horses entered in the first and second races shall inspect the condition of their horse 1½ hours before post time of the first race of the day on which entered to race. If any horse is found, through accident or otherwise, to be unfit to race, the trainer shall report the fact to the Judges one hour before post time of the first race of the day.


205 CMR 3.21
Amended by Mass Register Issue 1414, eff. 4/3/2020.

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