205 CMR 4.23 - Owner
(1) Each owner holding a beneficial interest of 20% or more in a horse must obtain a license from the Commission. If the owners are husband and wife, and their total beneficial interest is 20% or more in a horse, then they must both obtain a license from the Commission.
(2) An owner shall not enter or start a horse that:
(a) is not in servicably 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.
(3) A list of nerved horses approved by the official veterinarian for racing shall be conspicuously posted in the racing secretary's office.
(4) If an owner changes trainers, he or she must notify the racing secretary and cause the new trainer to sign his or her name on said owner's registration.
(5) No owner shall employ a jockey for the purpose of preventing him or her from riding in any race.
(6) No owner shall accept, directly or indirectly, any bribe, gift or gratuity in any form that might influence the result of any race, or tend to do so.
(7) No owner shall move or permit to be moved any of his or her horses from the grounds of an Association until the horse is properly signed out of the grounds at the stable gate and after the racing Secretary has been properly notified.
(8) An owner shall see to it that a report is made promptly to the racing secretary or to the official veterinarian of any and all known sickness of his or her horses.
(9) The owner of a horse which is prevented from starting in a race because of his or her failure to pay the jockey fee for that race, or arrears against him or her or his or her horse, shall be liable for the declaration fee, and he or she and his or her horse shall be suspended until same is paid.
(10) No stable may have in its employment in any capacity any employee younger than 16 years old, except as may be permitted by M.G.L. c. 149, § 60.
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