The following are designated racing
officials of a race meet:
1. Board of stewards
(presiding division steward, division steward, and association
2. Director of
6. Lure operator.
9. Division veterinarian.
10. Clerk of scales.
11. General manager.
12. Brake operator.
13. Director of security.
14. Mutuel manager.
15. All assistant positions of those listed
16. All other staff members
of the division.
designated racing officials shall be appointed by the association except the
division stewards, division veterinarian, and all other division employees, all
of whom shall be appointed by the division. All association racing officials
shall be licensed by the division. The successor to an official whom is
replaced shall be subject to the approval of the division.
(c) Associations shall submit to the division
the names of all racing officials not less than 45 days prior to the first day
of the race meeting, with biographical data relating to the expertise and
qualifications of the individuals. No person shall serve in more than one
racing official position without the prior approval of the division.
(d) No racing official shall accept, directly
or indirectly, any gratuity, reward or favor in connection with racing at the
(e) No racing official
shall accept anything of value from any licensee.
(f) Racing officials shall report to the
stewards all observed violations of the rules.
(g) No occupational licensee shall use
profane or indecent language to a racing official or otherwise disturb the
peace of any race meet, nor act in a manner which causes any disturbance or
disruption of the racing or other operation of the association, or of the acts
of any racing officials or employees of the association, or is in any manner
detrimental to the best interests of racing.
(h) Any grievance or complaint against a
racing official, a licensee or an employee of the licensee shall be made in
writing to the stewards. The stewards shall consider the matter, take whatever
action is deemed appropriate, and make a full report of their action to the
division. Complaints against the stewards or employees of the division shall be
made in writing to the administrator.
(i) Whenever the general manager is to be
absent from the grounds of a racetrack for more than one performance, the
general manager shall, in writing, inform the stewards of the anticipated
length of the absence and provide the name of the racing official who will
assume the responsibilities of the general manager. The person designated to
assume the responsibilities shall be authorized to exercise all duties and
responsibilities of the general manager and shall be licensed as an assistant
(j) All racing
officials shall be at least 18 years of age.
(a) The stewards shall supervise the race
meet to which they are assigned including the actions and decisions of all
racing officials in carrying out their duties. In all cases of conflicts, the
decisions of the stewards shall control. The stewards shall be responsible for
enforcing ch. 562, Stats., and the division's rules. The stewards shall
interpret the rules and decide all questions not addressed in statutes or
administrative code. All decisions and rulings within the stewards' authority
shall be determined by a majority vote of the board of stewards, subject to
(b) There shall be
3 stewards for each race meeting, 2 of whom shall be appointed by the division
and one who shall be nominated by the association for approval by the
(c) Should any situation
occur which may not be covered by the rules of racing, it shall be determined
by the stewards in conformity with custom and usage in the industry and in the
best interest of racing. In matters pertaining to racing, the orders of the
stewards shall supercede the orders of the officers and directors of the
(d) The stewards shall
have the power at any time to order an examination by the division veterinarian
of any animal entered or which has run in a race.
(e) During each racing day the stewards of
the race meet shall be at the division offices on the grounds of the
association where the race meet is being held not later than 15 minutes prior
to weighing-in time to exercise the authority and perform the duties imposed on
the stewards by the rules of racing.
In an emergency, when a vacancy occurs
among the racing officials other than the stewards, the stewards shall
immediately fill the vacancy:
appointment shall be effective only for one day unless the stewards determine
continuation of such appointment is required.
2. Such appointment shall be reported
immediately to the administrator by the stewards.
(g) In an emergency when a vacancy occurs for
an association steward, the presiding steward shall appoint a racing official
to serve for that program. The appointment shall only be effective for one day,
unless the presiding steward determines continuation of such appointment is
(h) If a vacancy occurs
for a division steward or division veterinarian prior to or during a race
performance, the presiding steward shall appoint an individual to serve for the
remainder of the race performance.
(i) If a vacancy occurs for a racing official
not listed under par. (h), the general manager or designee shall appoint a
racing official to serve for the remainder of the race performance. The general
manager's appointment shall be subject to the review and consent of the board
(j) The question of
whether a start was a fair start shall be the decision of the stewards and such
decision shall be final and if the stewards decide that a start was not a fair
start the race shall be declared a "no race."
(k) The stewards shall determine the finish
of the race by the relative position of the muzzles of the greyhounds. In cases
where the muzzle is off, hanging or in the mouth the stewards shall consider
the relative position of the nose of the greyhound.
(L) The stewards shall display the numbers of
the first 3 greyhounds in each race in order of their finish. If the stewards
differ in their placing, the majority shall prevail. Nothing in these rules
shall be construed to prevent the stewards from correcting an error before the
display of the sign "official."
The stewards shall be responsible for hand timing each race.
(n) All association stewards are required to
obtain a license as an association steward from the division. All association
stewards shall have a knowledge of the principles and practices of the
pari-mutuel racing industry, the use of administrative rules and practices
within the pari-mutuel industry, and the principles and practices of oversight
of pari-mutuel racetrack operations.
CLERK OF SCALES.
(a) The clerk of scales shall weigh all
greyhounds in and out and post the scale sheet of weight promptly after
(b) The clerk of scales
shall immediately report to the stewards any infraction of the rules as to
weight and weighing.
(a) Lead-outs shall be employed by
the association for the purpose of leading the greyhounds to the starting box.
Only licensed lead-outs shall lead greyhounds from the paddock to the starting
(b) There shall be one
lead-out for each greyhound on the racetrack during races on which pari-mutuel
wagering is conducted.
Lead-outs shall present a neat appearance and conduct themselves in an orderly
manner and shall be attired in clean uniforms provided by the
(d) The lead-out shall
put the greyhound in its assigned box before the race and then retire to a
(e) The lead-out
shall handle the greyhound in a humane manner at all times.
(f) No lead-out shall have any interest in
any greyhound participating in the race meet where the lead-out is
(g) Lead-outs shall be
assigned to post positions by the paddock judge or designee by lot before each
race performance and subject to approval and reassignment by the division
(h) Lead-outs shall not
hold any conversation with the public or with one another, either in the
paddock, enroute to the starting post or while returning to the
(i) Lead-outs shall remain
in the restricted area of the paddock at all times, except to accompany an
assigned greyhound to the starting box.
(j) No lead-out shall smoke while in uniform
and on duty.
(k) It shall be the
responsibility of the association to properly train lead-outs in the handling
of greyhounds. The training shall include the proper method of leading
greyhounds, weighing, placement in and removal from lock-out kennels, handling
of blankets, muzzles and leashes, placement in starting box and returning of
the greyhound to the paddock after the finish of a race.
(a) No greyhound not fully identified and
checked against the card index systems (bertillon card) maintained by each
association shall start in a schooling or official pari-mutuel race. The
identification cards shall be filled in and completed by the association
paddock judge before greyhounds are entered for schooling or for a
(b) The paddock judge shall
fully identify and check against the card index system of identification
maintained by the association the greyhounds starting in schooling and official
pari-mutuel races. The paddock judge shall report to the stewards any greyhound
who does not conform to the card index identification.
(c) The paddock judge shall unlock the
lock-out kennel immediately before weigh-in time to see that the lock-out
kennels are in good repair and that nothing has been deposited in any of the
crates for the greyhounds' consumption. The division veterinarian shall see
that the lock-out kennels are kept in repair and proper sanitary condition and
shall direct the association to make the required corrections when deemed
necessary. The paddock judge or designee(s) shall receive the greyhounds from
the trainer one at a time, and see that each greyhound is placed in its
lock-out kennel and remain on guard from that time until the greyhounds are
removed for the last race.
division steward and paddock judge shall not allow anyone to weigh in a
greyhound unless that person has in their possession a valid owner's, trainer's
or assistant trainer's license.
The association paddock judge or kennel master shall keep on hand and ready for
use extra muzzles of all sizes, lead straps and collars.
(f) The paddock judge shall ensure that each
greyhound is properly fitted with an approved muzzle, blanket and lead prior to
its leaving for the starting box.
(a) The starter shall report any causes of
delay to the stewards.
starting boxes to be used during a performance shall be inspected and tested by
the association prior to the first race of the performance and the results
shall be communicated to the stewards by the starter before the first
(c) The starter shall inspect
all starting boxes and areas adjacent to the starting boxes to be used each
race performance prior to the first race to ensure they are clean and free of
any foreign materials.
starter shall be responsible that each greyhound is correctly placed in its
assigned post position as identified in the daily racing program.
(a) The racing secretary shall maintain a
complete and updated file of all lease and ownership papers on greyhounds
racing at the race meet. All ownership and lease documents shall be inspected
to be sure they are accurate, complete and updated. To perform this
responsibility the racing secretary shall have the authority to demand the
production of any documentation or evidence relating to the ownership of a
greyhound. Kennel owners and trainers shall file with the racing secretary all
current ownership and lease records and any other forms required by the
division including but not limited to health certificates, live lure affidavits
and animal vaccination records. By filing these documents the owner and trainer
warrant that the documents are true, accurate and authentic.
(b) The racing secretary shall receive all
entries and declarations.
racing secretary shall form each race, and ensure that only greyhounds which
are eligible to start and which meet any special entry requirements are drawn
into the race. The racing secretary shall make every effort to ensure fairness
and equal opportunity for all greyhound owners and kennel owners in the forming
of all races.
(d) As soon as
entries have closed for each race performance, the racing secretary shall
compile and post a list of entries minus any subsequent withdrawals. Names of
greyhounds on the leftover list shall also be compiled and posted in an
(a) The chartwriter shall
compile the past performance information necessary for the daily race
The daily race program
1. The names of the greyhounds
entered to run in each of the day's races, which shall appear in order of their
2. The grade of the
3. The numerical designation
of the post position at the left of the name and shall correspond to the
numeral displayed on each greyhound;
4. Four past performance lines, except
maidens shall have at least 3 past performance lines and all such lines shall
be in reverse chronological order, with the most recent performance listed
5. Name, color, sex, date of
whelping, breeding (dam and sire), established racing weight, number of starts
in official races and number of times finishing first, second, third and
fourth, total purses won, name of owner or lessee, name of trainer, distance of
race, track record and such other information as will enable the public to
properly judge the greyhound's ability; and
6. In case the name of a greyhound is
changed, the new name together with the former name shall be published in the
official entries and daily race program until after the greyhound has started 6
TIMER-PHOTO FINISH/TIMER. The association steward shall be the timer-photo
(a) The timer-photo finish
operator shall maintain the photo finish and timing equipment in proper working
order and shall be responsible for photographing each race.
(b) The timer-photo finish operator shall
declare the official time of each race. The time of the race shall be taken
from the opening of the doors of the starting box to the time of the first
greyhound crossing the finish line.
(c) Each association shall install an
automatic timing device approved by the division. The timer-photo finish
operator shall use the time shown on the timing device as the official time of
the race if the timer-photo finish operator and stewards are satisfied that the
timing device is functioning properly. Otherwise, the timer-photo finish
operator shall consult with the stewards and use the time shown on the stop
watch or other back-up timing device in use to record the time of the race.
When the stop watch time or other back-up timing device is used to record the
official time of the race it shall be so announced to the public.
(d) When the "photo" sign is posted by the
stewards on the totalizator board the timer-photo finish operator shall prepare
a photograph which shall be made available and displayed for public viewing.
The photo shall be approved by the board of stewards prior to public viewing. A
paper copy of the displayed photo shall be retained for a period of 90
(a) The lure operator shall operate
the lure in a smooth, uniform and consistent manner so as not to impede or
otherwise disrupt the running of the race.
(b) The location of the lure on the course
and the prevailing weather conditions shall be taken into consideration by the
lure operator when calculating the appropriate distance of the lure from the
(c) The lure
operator shall test the operation of the lure prior to the running of the first
race of each race performance. Any malfunctions shall be reported to the
stewards and corrected prior to the start of the race performance.
Wis. Admin. Code Department of Administration [Gaming] § Game 7.10
Cr. Register, March, 1990,
No. 411, eff. 4-1-90; cr. (2) (l), Register, July, 1990, No. 415, eff. 8-1-90;
cr. (1) (j), am. (6) (b), Register, May, 1993, No. 449, eff. 6-1-93; CR 03-070:
r. and recr. (1) (a), am. (1) (b), (2) (a), (c), (e), (4) (g), (5) (b) to (d),
(7) (a), (d), (8) (a), (b) (intro.) and 6., and (9), cr. (1) (i), (2) (h), (i),
(5) (f), (6) (c), (d), and (10), renum. (2) (h) to (L) to be (2) (j) to (n) and
am. (n) Register November 2003 No. 575, eff.