(1) A valet is an individual hired by the racing association to prepare a jockey's equipment and saddle horses assigned to the valet prior to each race, and assist in unsaddling the same horse(s) after each race. There shall be at least one valet for every two horses in the maximum field size approved by the board.
(2) Valets shall be approved by the stewards and the starter as to their ability to perform their duties. Valets, with respect to an official race, shall not receive money or other compensation, gratuity or reward in connection with the running of any race or races, nor shall any person give to a valet such money, compensation, gratuity or reward, except such compensation as salaries received from the race meet licensee. Valets shall not wager, directly or indirectly, on any race in which they perform official duties.
(3) Valets providing tack cleaning and other related services for a jockey must present to the horsemen's bookkeeper and the stewards, prior to the start of a race meet, a written agreement signed by both the valet and jockey outlining what services will be performed and the total compensation for those services. Any agreed-upon services will be paid on a weekly basis.
(4) Valets who are also licensed as assistant starters may, when performing assistant starter functions during a particular race, move back and forth between the starting gate and the location at the track at which valet duties are required for that race. The valets shall report all unauthorized activities to the starter.
History: 23-4-202, MCA; IMP, 23-4-201, MCA; NEW, 2004 MAR p. 1327, Eff. 6/4/04; TRANS, from 32.28.614, 2015 MAR p. 2252, Eff. 12/25/15.