CHRB Suspends Claimed Horse Entry Rule

Questions have been raised about enforceability.

The California Horse Racing Board's executive director has issued a directive suspending the rule regarding entry of claimed horses and said the board will consider reinstatement of the rule at its regular meeting Thursday, March 19.

According to the directive from executive director Kirk Breed, the rule was suspended effective March 13 because "issues have been raised regarding the enforceability of Rule 1663."

That rule, approved by the CHRB on June 22, 2006 and typical of so-called "jail time" rules in other some other jurisdictions, stipulates that "(a) A horse claimed out of a claiming race is eligible to race at any racing association in California immediately after being claimed. The horse is not eligible to start in a claiming race for 25 days after the date of the claim for less than 25% more than the amount for which it was claimed. (b) A horse claimed out of a claiming race is not eligible to race in any State other than California until 60 days after the close of the meeting from where it was claimed except in a stakes race. (1) For the purposes of this rule, the California Fair Circuit shall be considered one meeting. (c) A claimed horse may be removed from the grounds of the association where it was claimed for non-racing purposes. (d) The provisions of subsection (a) of this rule do not apply to Standardbred horses."