The California Horse Racing Board is accepting applications for a stewards examination to develop a list of qualified candidates for future appointments.The deadline for applications is Sept. 28. It is anticipated that the written and qualification interview examinations will be conducted in October and/or November.Applicants cannot have a conviction for a crime involving moral turpitude or a felony. Additionally, they must possess at least one of the following qualifications:-- At least five years of experience in the pari-mutuel horse-racing industry as a licensed trainer, jockey, or driver;-- At least 10 years of experience in the California pari-mutuel industry as a licensed owner whose experience, knowledge, ability, and integrity relative to the industry are known to the Board;-- At least three years of experience as a licensed racing official, racing secretary, assistant racing secretary, or director of racing; or-- Experience in the horse-racing industry of a character and for a length of time sufficient, as determined by the Board, to qualify the person as having experience substantially equivalent to the experience described above.
Stewards are the supervising racing officials at licensed race meetings who make independent decisions on matters relating to the conduct of the race meet. They assure that the rules of racing are properly observed by all participants. Stewards have authority over all licensees and persons attendant upon horses, and they are empowered to summarily suspend the license of a racing participant and may bar from racing participation any unlicensed person who commits a racing offense.