811 KAR 2:080. Claiming races.


      RELATES TO: KRS 230.610-230.770

      STATUTORY AUTHORITY: KRS 13A.010 et seq.

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


      Section 1. Claiming Races. (1) In claiming races any horse is subject to claim for its entered price by any licensed owner, in good standing, or by the holder of a certificate of eligibility to claim. The procedure for obtaining a certificate of eligibility to claim shall be as follows:

      (a) Applicant shall, prior to entering a claim, submit an application for owners original license, to be accompanied by a financial statement: the name of a licensed trainer or person eligible to be licensed as a trainer, who will assume care and responsibility for the horses claimed; and requisite fee for owners license.

      (b) This certificate will be valid for the remainder of the calendar year.

      (2) A claim may be made by an authorized agent, but an agent may claim only for the account of those for whom he is licensed as agent, and the name of the authorized agent, as well as the name of the owner for whom the claim is being made, shall appear on the claim slip.

      (3) No person shall claim his own horse, or cause his own horse to be claimed, directly or indirectly, for his own account. No claimed horse shall remain in the same stable or under the care or management of the owner or trainer from whom claimed.

      (4) No person shall claim more than one (1) horse from any one (1) race. No authorized agent, although representing several owners, shall submit more than one (1) claim for any race. When a stable consists of horses owned by more than one (1) person, trained by the same trainer, not more than one (1) claim may be entered on behalf of such stable in any one (1) race. An owner who races in a partnership may not claim except in the interest of the partnership, unless he has also started a horse in his own individual interest.

      (5) A claimed horse after being claimed in a race may start for any claiming price. This provision shall not apply to starter handicaps, in which the weight to be carried is assigned by the handicapper.

      (6) No horse claimed in a claiming race shall be sold or transferred, wholly or in part, to anyone within thirty (30) days after the day it was claimed, except in another claiming race. No horse shall race elsewhere for thirty (30) days or until after the close of the meeting at which it was claimed.

      (7) Each claim shall be made in writing on a form and in an envelope supplied by the association. Both form and envelope must be filled out completely.

      (8) Claims must be deposited in the claim box at least fifteen (15) minutes before post time of the race from which the claim is being made. No money or its equivalent shall be put in the claim box. For a claim to be valid the claimant must have at the time of filing the claim a credit balance in his account with the horseman's bookkeeper of not less than the amount of the claim, plus the Kentucky sales tax.

      (9) The stewards, or their designated representative, shall open the claim envelopes for each race as soon as the horses leave the paddock en route to the post. They shall thereafter check with the horseman's bookkeeper to ascertain whether the proper credit balance has been established with the association, and whether the claimant has established claiming privileges.

      (10) If more than one (1) valid claim is filed for the same horse, title to the horse shall be determined by lot under the supervision of the stewards or their designated representative.

      (11) Any horse that has been claimed shall, after the race has been run, be taken to the paddock for delivery to the claimant, who must present written authorization for the claim from the racing secretary. No person shall refuse to deliver to the person legally entitled thereto a horse claimed out of a claiming race, and furthermore the horse in question shall be disqualified from further racing until delivery is made.

      (12) Claims are irrevocable. Title to a claimed horse shall be vested in the successful claimant from the time the said horse is a starter, and said claimant shall then become the owner of the horse whether it be alive or dead, sound or unsound, or injured during the race, or after it. A claimed horse shall run in the interest of and for the account of the owner from whom claimed.

      (13) No person shall offer, or enter into, an agreement to claim or not to claim, or attempt to prevent another person from claiming any horse in a claiming race. No person shall attempt by intimidation to prevent anyone from running a horse in any claiming race. No owner or trainer shall make an agreement with another owner or trainer for the protection of each other's horses in a claiming race.

      (14) Claims which are not made in keeping with the rules shall be void. The stewards may at any time in their discretion require any person filing a claim to make affidavit in writing that he is claiming in accordance with the rules. The stewards shall be the judges of the validity of the claim, and if they feel that a "starter" was nominated for the purpose of making its owner eligible to claim, they made invalidate the claim.

      (15) Any person holding a lien of any kind against a horse entered in a claiming race must record the same with the racing secretary and/or horseman's bookkeeper at least thirty (30) minutes before post time for that race. If none is so recorded, it shall be assumed that none exists.

      (16) The engagements of a claimed horse pass automatically with the horse to the claimant.

      (17) Notwithstanding any designation of sex or age appearing on the racing program or in any racing publication, the claimant of a horse shall be solely responsible for determining the age or sex of the horse claimed. (Recodified from 812 KAR 1:080, 6-10-87; Am. 14 Ky.R. 1686; eff. 3-10-88.)