811 KAR 2:050. Jockeys.


      RELATES TO: KRS 230.610-230.770


      NECESSITY, FUNCTION, AND CONFORMITY: To regulate conditions under which Arabian, quarter horse and appaloosa racing shall be conducted in Kentucky. The function of this administrative regulation is to outline the requirements for jockeys.


      Section 1. Probationary Mounts. Any person desiring to participate in this state as a rider and who never previously has ridden in a race may be permitted to ride in two (2) races before applying for a license as a jockey; provided, however:

      (1) Such person is a licensee with at least one (1) year of service with a racing stable;

      (2) A licensed trainer certifies in writing to the stewards that such person has demonstrated sufficient horsemanship to be permitted such probationary mounts;

      (3) The starter has schooled such person breaking from the starting gate with other horses and approves such person as capable of starting a horse properly from the starting gate in a race;

      (4) The stewards in their sole discretion are satisfied such person intends to become a licensed jockey, possesses the physical ability and has demonstrated sufficient horsemanship to ride in a race without jeopardizing the safety of horses or other riders in such race. No such person shall be permitted to ride in any such probationary race without prior approval of the stewards.


      Section 2. Qualifications for License. In addition to rules applicable to licensees under 811 KAR 2:020, a holder of a license as a jockey or apprentice jockey:

      (1) Must be an individual person eighteen (18) years of age or older and licensed under his legal name which shall be listed in the daily race program;

      (2) Must have served at least one (1) year with a racing stable;

      (3) Must have ridden in at least two (2) races;

      (4) Must, when required by the stewards, provide a medical affidavit certifying such person is physically and mentally capable of performing the activities and duties of a licensed jockey.


      Section 3. Amateur or Provisional Jockey. An amateur wishing to ride in races on even terms with professional riders, but without accepting fees or gratuities therefor, must be approved by the stewards as to competency of horsemanship, must be granted a jockey's license, and such amateur status must be duly noted on the daily race program. A licensed owner or licensed trainer, upon approval by the stewards, may be issued a provisional jockey's license to ride his own horse or horse registered in his care as trainer.


      Section 4. Rider Contracts. All contracts between an employer owner or trainer and employee rider are subject to the rules of racing. All riding contracts for terms longer than thirty (30) days, as well as any amendments thereto, or cancellation, or transfer thereof, must be in writing with signature of parties thereto notarized, must be approved by the stewards and filed with the commission. The stewards may approve a riding contract and permit parties thereto to participate in racing in this state if the stewards find that:

      (1) The contract employer is a licensed owner or licensed trainer who owns or trains at least three (3) horses eligible to race at the time of execution of such contract;

      (2) The contract employer possesses such character, ability, facilities, and financial responsibility as may be conducive to developing a competent race rider;

      (3) Such contracts for apprentice jockeys provide for fair remuneration, adequate medical care, and an option equally available to both employer and apprentice jockey to cancel such contract after two (2) years from date of execution.


      Section 5. Restrictions as to Contract Riders. No rider may:

      (1) Ride any horse not owned or trained by his contract employer in a race against a horse owned or trained by his contract employer;

      (2) Ride or agree to ride any horse in a race without consent of his contract employer;

      (3) Share any money earned from riding with his contract employer;

      (4) Accept any present, money, or reward of any kind in connection with his riding of any race except through his contract employer.


      Section 6. Calls and Engagements. Any rider not so prohibited by prior contract may agree to give first or second call on his race-riding services to any licensed owner or trainer. Such agreements, if for terms of more than thirty (30) days, must be in writing, approved by the stewards, and filed with the commission. Any rider employed by a racing stable on a regular salaried basis may not ride against the stable which so employs him. No owner or trainer shall employ or engage a rider to prevent him from riding another horse.


      Section 7. Jockey Fee. (1) The fee to a jockey in all races shall be, in the absence of special agreement, as follows:

      (a) Purse, $500 to $800: Winning mount ten (10) percent of purse; Second mount $23; Third mount $22; Losing mount $20;

      (b) Purse, $900 to $1,400: Winning mount, ten (10) percent of purse; Second mount $30; Third mount $25; Losing mount $20;

      (c) Purse, $1,500 to $1,900; Winning mount, 10 percent of purse; Second mount $35; Third mount $30; Losing mount $25;

      (d) Purse $2,000 to $3,400: Winning mount, 10 percent of purse; Second mount $45; Third mount $35; Losing mount $30;

      (e) Purse, $3,500 to $4,900: Winning mount, 10 percent of purse; Second mount $50; Third mount $40; Losing mount $30;

      (f) Purse, $5,000 and up: Winning mount, 10 percent of purse; Second mount $55; Third mount $45; Losing mount $35.

      (2) A jockey fee shall be considered earned by a rider when he is weighed out by the clerk of scales except:

      (a) When rider does not weigh out and ride in a race for which he has been engaged because an owner or trainer engaged more than one (1) rider for the same race; in such case, the owner or trainer shall pay an appropriate fee to each rider engaged for such race.

      (b) When such rider capable of riding elects to take himself off the mount without, in the opinion of the stewards, proper cause therefor.

      (c) When such rider is replaced by the stewards with a substitute rider for a reason other than a physical injury suffered by such rider during the time between weighing out and start of the race.


      Section 8. Duty to Fulfill Engagements. Every ride shall fulfill his duly schedule riding engagements, unless excused by the stewards. No rider shall be forced to ride a horse he believes to be unsound, nor over a racing strip he believes to be unsafe, but if the stewards find a rider's refusal to fulfill a riding engagement is based on a personal belief unwarranted by the facts and circumstances, such rider may be subject to disciplinary action.


      Section 9. Presence in Jockey Room. (1) Each rider who has been engaged to ride in a race shall be physically present in the jockey room no later than one (1) hour prior to post time for the first race on the day he is scheduled to ride, unless excused by the stewards, or the clerk of scales; and upon arrival shall report to the clerk of scales his engagements. In the event a rider should fail for any reason to arrive in the jockey room prior to one (1) hour before post time of a race in which he is scheduled to ride, the clerk of scales shall so advise the stewards who thereupon may name a substitute rider and shall cause announcement to be made of any such rider substitution prior to opening of wagering on such race.

      (2) Each rider reporting to the jockey room shall remain in the jockey room until he has fulfilled all his riding engagements for the day, except to ride in a race, or except to view the running of a race from a location approved by the stewards. Such rider shall have no contact or communication with any person outside the jockey room other than an owner or trainer for whom he is riding, or a racing official, or a representative of the regular news media, until such rider has fulfilled all his riding engagements for the day.

      (3) The association shall be responsible for such security of jockey room as to exclude all persons except riders scheduled to ride on the day's program, valets, authorized attendants, racing officials, duly accredited members of the news media, and persons having special permission of the stewards to enter the jockey room.

      (4) Any rider intending to discontinue riding at a race meeting prior to its conclusion shall so notify the stewards after fulfilling his final riding engagement of the day he intends to depart.


      Section 10. Weighing Out. (1) Each rider engaged to ride in a race shall report to the clerk of scales for weighing out not more than one (1) hour and not less than fifteen (15) minutes before post time for each race in which he is engaged to ride, and at the time of weighing out shall declare overweight, if any.

      (2) No rider shall pass the scale with more than one (1) pound overweight, without consent of the owner or trainer of the horse he is engaged to ride; in no event shall a rider pass the scale with more than five (5) pounds overweight.

      (3) No horse shall be disqualified because of overweight carried.

      (4) Whip, blinkers, number cloth, bridle, and rider's safety helmet shall not be included in a rider's weight.


      Section 11. Wagering. No rider shall place a wager, or cause a wager to be placed on his behalf, or accept any ticket or winnings from a wager on any race except on his own mount, and except through the owner or trainer of the horse he is riding. Such owner or trainer placing wagers for his rider shall maintain a precise and complete record of all such wagers, and such record shall be available for examination by the stewards at all times.


      Section 12. Attire. Upon leaving the jockey room to ride in any race, each rider shall be neat and clean in appearance and wear the traditional jockey costume with all jacket buttons and catches fastened. Each jockey shall wear the cap and jacket racing colors registered in the name of the owner of the horse he is to ride, stock tie, white or light breeches, top boots, safety helmet approved by the commission, and a number on his right shoulder corresponding to his mount's number as shown on the saddle cloth and daily race program. The clerk of scales and attending valet shall be held jointly responsible with a rider for his neat and clean appearance and proper attire.


      Section 13. Viewing Films or Tapes of Races. Every rider shall be responsible for checking the film list posted by the stewards in the jockey room the day after riding in a race, the posting of same to be considered as notice to all riders whose names are listed thereon to present themselves at the time designated by the stewards to view the patrol films or video tapes of races. Any rider may be accompanied by a representative of the jockey organization of which he is a member in viewing such films, or with the stewards' permission, be represented at such viewing by his designated representative. (Recodified from 812 KAR 1:050, 6-10-87; Am. 14 Ky.R. 1674; eff. 3-10-88.)