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Out of Competition Testing | Medication | Workouts | Gelding & Gender | Safety Equipment | Riding Crops


Out of Competition Testing
810 KAR 1:110

Pursuant to 810 KAR 1:110, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (the "KHRC") is authorized to conduct "out of competition" testing on any horse that is eligible, or that may become eligible, to race in Kentucky. A horse is eligible to race in Kentucky if it is under the care, custody or control of a trainer licensed by the KHRC; or is owned by an owner licensed by the KHRC; or is nominated to a race at an association licensed by the KHRC; or has raced at an association licensed by the KHRC within the previous twelve calendar months; or is stabled on the grounds of an association or training center subject to the jurisdiction of the KHRC; or is nominated to participate in the Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund. The KHRC is authorized to test for blood doping agents, venoms and their derivatives, and growth hormones. The regulation also prohibits possession of the foregoing substances, as well as whole blood or packed red blood cells, on the grounds of an association or training facility subject to jurisdiction of the KHRC. A horse designated for testing must be made available for sampling at a mutually agreed-upon location within six hours of notification that it has been designated for testing. If a horse is not made available for testing, or if there is any other failure to cooperate with the KHRC, the individual(s) responsible will be penalized to the full extent allowed by the regulation. If a horse tests positive for a prohibited substance, the owner and trainer are notified of the test results, and the horse is placed on the Veterinarian's List pending a steward's hearing. The owner and/or trainer have the right to split sample analysis, as set forth in 810 KAR 1:018/811 KAR 1:090. If the positive finding is confirmed, serious penalties shall be imposed, including but not limited to, the revocation of the violator's license for a period of five to ten years. The regulation can be found in its entirety at the KHRC website.



Medication
810 KAR 1:018. Medication; Testing Procedures; Prohibited Practices
Sections 6 & 7 (partial). See full information.

Section 6. Furosemide Use on Race Day.
(1) Furosemide may be administered, in accordance with this section, to a horse that is entered to compete in a race.

(2) Administration
(a) The commission veterinarian shall administer furosemide prior to a race.
(3) Furosemide may be used under the following circumstances:
(a) Furosemide shall be administered at a location under the jurisdiction of the commission, by a single intravenous injection, not less than four (4) hours prior to post time for the race in which the horse is entered.

(b) The furosemide dosage administered shall not exceed 500 mg, nor be less than 150 mg.
(4) The initial cost of administering the furosemide shall be twenty (20) dollars per administration.

Payment: the horsemen's bookkeeper will collect the Salix administration fee from the owner's account.

Section 7. Furosemide Eligibility.
(1)(a) A horse shall be eligible to race with furosemide if the licensed trainer or a licensed veterinarian determines that it would be in the horse's best interests to race with furosemide. Notice that a horse will race with or without furosemide shall be made at the time of entry to ensure public notification, including publication in the official racing program.



Workouts
810 KAR 1:013, Section 3, Subsection 7(A) & (B), Entries, Subscriptions and Declarations

A horse which has not started in the past forty-five (45) days shall not be permitted to start unless it has at least one published workout within twenty (20) days of entry at a distance satisfactory to the stewards of the meeting. A horse starting for the first time shall not be permitted to start unless it has three (3) published workouts, one of which is from the starting gate, and one which is within twenty (20) days of entry.



Gelding & Gender
Pursuant to 810 KAR 1:012, Section 11

Trainers must promptly report all horses gelded to the horse identifier or the racing office. Trainers will be held responsible for not reporting the correct gender of their horse at the time of entry. Failure to comply shall result in disciplinary action by the stewards.



Safety Equipment
Exercise & Pony Personnel
810 KAR 1:026, Section 30 & 31

Safety Helmet: A person mounted on a horse or stable pony at a location under the jurisdiction of the commission shall wear a properly secured safety helmet at all times. If requested by a commission official, the person shall provide sufficient evidence that his helmet has a tag, stamp, or similar identifying marker indicating that it meets one of the following safety standards:
(a) ASTM International Standard, ASTM F1163-04a;
(b) British Standards, BS EN 1384:1997 or PAS 015:1999;
(c) Australian/New Zealand Standard, AS/NZS 3838:2006.
Safety Vest: Any person mounted on a horse or stable pony on any location under the jurisdiction of the commission, all assistant starters, and any person handling a horse in a starting gate shall wear a safety vest at all times. The safety vest shall comply with one of the following minimum standards:
(a) British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA):2000 Level 1;
(b) Euro Norm (EN) 13158:2000 Level 1;
(c) American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) F2681-08;
(d) Shoe and Allied Trade Research Association (SATRA) Jockey Vest Document M6 Issue 3;
(e) Australian Racing Board (ARB) Standard 1.1998.
Jockeys & Apprentices
810 KAR 1:009, Section 14 (4) and (5)

Safety Helmet: A jockey mounted on a horse or stable pony at a location under the jurisdiction of the commission shall wear a properly secured safety helmet at all times. If requested by a commission official, the jockey shall provide sufficient evidence that his helmet has a tag, stamp, or similar identifying marker indication that it meets one of the following safety standards:
(a) ASTM International Standard, ASTM F1163-04a;
(b) British Standards, BS EN 1384:1997 or PAS 015:1999;
(c) Australian/New Zealand Standard, AS/NZS 3838:2006.
Safety Vest: A jockey mounted on a horse or stable pony on any location under the jurisdiction of the commission shall wear a safety vest at all times. The safety vest shall not weigh more than two (2) pounds and must comply with one of the following minimum standards:
(a) British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA):2000 Level 1;
(b) Euro Norm (EN) 13158:2000 Level 1;
(c) American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) F2681-08;
(d) Shoe and Allied Trade Research Association (SATRA) Jockey Vest Document M6 Issue 3;
(e) Australian Racing Board (ARB) Standard 1.1998


Riding Crops
Pursuant to 810 KAR 1:012, Section 10

(a) All riding crops may 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 subsection.

(b) Only riding crops meeting the specifications of this subsection, including the mandatory shock absorbing characteristics, may be used in thoroughbred racing including training.

(c) A riding crop shall have a:
1. Maximum weight of eight (8) ounces;
2. Maximum length, including flap, of thirty (30) inches; and
3. Minimum diameter of the shaft of one-half (1/2) inch.
(d) The only additional feature that may be attached to the riding crop is a flap.
1. A flap 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 a similar shock absorbing characteristics to that of the contact area.
(e) A riding crop shall not have:
1. Stingers or projections extending through the hole of a popper; and
2. Any metal parts.