(a) The racing secretary shall be responsible
for the proper grading of greyhounds under provisions of this section. Before
the first day of a race meet the racing secretary, after sufficiently schooling
all greyhounds and considering their past performances, shall classify and
assign greyhounds to proper grades.
(b) The racing secretary shall use the
following 6 grades; A, B, C, D, E and M.
(c) Grade M refers to maiden classification
which indicates a greyhound has not won an official race at a pari-mutuel
racetrack supervised by a regulatory agency and is under the age of 24 months.
On the last race day of the month in which a greyhound reaches the age of 24
months, maidens shall be graded to grade E.
(d) A greyhound that falls in a race shall be
considered a starter. However, a greyhound shall not be considered a starter if
the start would result in the greyhound being graded off, but in this event the
greyhound shall be considered a starter for purposes of pari-mutuel
(e) For a greyhound that
transfers to the racetrack from another racetrack during a race meeting, the
racing secretary shall assign the grade held by the greyhound at the time of
the transfer or the equivalent grade of such track, depending on the previous
track's grading system, or the next 2 grades higher or lower.
(f) The racing secretary may re-grade a
greyhound at anytime within its first 3 starts, but not more than one grade
higher or lower.
(g) A greyhound
that has advanced from grade M and has been dropped from further racing without
winning another official start may be re-qualified after a period of 30 days.
Upon requalification the greyhound shall be placed in grade E by the racing
(h) Greyhounds not
racing because of illness or injury for 30 days or more may be
(i) All stakes races
shall be indicated by the letter "S" and the grade.
(j) The racing secretary may form races of a
distance of 3/8 of a mile or greater from 2 consecutive grades, not to include
maiden. The races shall be designated by the letter "T" and the grade
designation of the highest of the 2 grades and shall pay a purse consistent
with the higher grade.
ADVANCE IN GRADE.
(a) The racing secretary shall advance a
greyhound that wins a maiden race to grade E. A greyhound that wins a maiden
race may be entered in grade D at the request of the trainer and with the
approval of the racing secretary.
(b) The racing secretary shall advance a
greyhound that wins a race one grade until reaching grade A.
(c) On request by a kennel owner or trainer,
the racing secretary may advance a greyhound that finishes second, third or
fourth in a maiden race to grade E and then must advance as provided in this
section. For a greyhound re-graded on request under this subsection, the
association shall place the letter "M" after the greyhound's name in the racing
Except as provided in par. (b), the
racing secretary shall lower a greyhound to the next lower grade if:
1. The greyhound fails to finish in the top 3
positions in 3 consecutive starts; or
2. The greyhound fails to finish third or
better at least once in 4 consecutive starts.
(b) The racing secretary shall lower a
greyhound in grade D to the next lower grade if it fails to finish in the top 4
positions in 4 consecutive starts.
DROP IN ELIGIBILITY.
(a) A greyhound which fails to finish in the
top 4 finishing positions in 6 consecutive grade E starts shall be dropped from
further racing at that race meet.
(b) A greyhound which fails to finish in the
top 4 positions in 6 consecutive maiden starts shall be dropped from further
racing at the race meet, except that if it re-qualifies in official schooling,
the greyhound shall be given 2 additional starts. If the greyhound fails to
finish in the top 4 positions in those 2 starts, the greyhound shall be dropped
from further racing at the race meet.
Wis. Admin. Code Department of Administration [Gaming] § Game 7.05
Cr. Register, March, 1990,
No. 411, eff. 4-1-90; am. (1) (d), r. and recr. (3), Register, July, 1990, No.
415, eff. 8-1-90; CR 03-070: am. (1) (c), (h), (2) (a), (b) and (4), cr. (1)
(j) Register November 2003 No. 575, eff.