(1) Only bandages authorized or approved by the track veterinarian may be
used on a horse during a race, and all other bandages or leg coverings shall be
removed before the horse reports to the paddock.
must be in the paddock at least 20 minutes before post time.
must be obtained from a steward to exercise a horse between races unless the
horse is being warmed up on the way to and just prior to entering the paddock
for the next race to be run. When a horse
is being so warmed up before entering the paddock, his official program number
shall be displayed by the rider.
a race each horse shall carry a conspicuous saddlecloth number and a head
number, corresponding to his number on the official program. In the case of an entry each horse making up
the entry shall carry the same number on head and saddlecloth with a
distinguishing letter. For example,
1-1A. In the case of a field the horses
comprising the field shall carry an individual number, i.e. 9, 10, 11, 12 and
the horses enter the track, no jockey shall dismount and no horse shall be
entitled to the care of an attendant without consent of the stewards or the
starter, and the horse must be free of all hands other than those of the jockey
or assistant starter before the starter releases the barrier.
case of accident to a jockey, his mount or equipment, the stewards or the
starter may permit the jockey to dismount and the horse to be cared for during
the delay, and may permit all jockeys to dismount and all horses to be attended
during the delay.
horses shall parade, and, under penalty of disqualification, shall carry their
weight from the paddock to the starting post, such parade to pass the steward's
entering the track, not more than 12 minutes shall be consumed in the parade of
the horses to post except in cases of unavoidable delay. After passing the stand twice, horses will
be allowed to break formation and canter, warm up or go as they please to the
post. When horses have reached the
post, they shall be started without unnecessary delay.
(9) If a jockey is injured on the way to the post so as to require another jockey,
the horse shall be taken to the paddock and another jockey obtained.
(10) No person shall willfully delay the arrival of a horse at the post.
(11) No person other than the rider shall be permitted to strike a horse,
or attempt by shouting or otherwise to assist it in getting a start.
(12) Whips and/or blinders may be used on two-year olds and other first
starters if such use is approved by the official starter and/or the stewards
prior to the time of entry. The absence
of whips shall be made known by the announcer prior to the start of the race.
(13) Equine nasal strips may be used if declared at the time of
entry. Use of such strips must be noted
in the racing program. A horse that
wins a race while using the nasal strip must race with the nasal strip for the
next race. If the horse does not win
while using the nasal strip, the horse is not required to use it in the next