(1) An apprentice jockey may be granted an apprentice certificate in lieu of
an apprentice contract. The apprentice
certificate shall grant an apprentice all the allowances and conditions granted
to the apprentice who is under contract.
(2) An apprentice jockey is a thoroughbred,
quarterhorse and appaloosa race rider who has ridden less than one year and
less than 45 winners since first having been licensed in any racing
jurisdiction and who otherwise meets the requirements and qualifications for a
license as a jockey. The apprenticeship of an apprentice jockey shall
automatically terminate one year from the date of his fifth winning ride or on
the first anniversary of the date of issuance of his license as an apprentice
jockey, if during such first year he has ridden at least 45 winners. Otherwise, the said apprenticeship shall
automatically terminate after such first anniversary date on the date he rides
his 45th winning mount, or on the date of the third anniversary of his first
apprentice license, whichever shall come first. For good cause the board may extend the termination date of any
apprenticeship or the conditions under which the apprenticeship may be granted. Races other than recognized thoroughbred
races in the United States, Canada or Mexico reported in the Daily Racing Form
or other similar official publication shall not be considered in determining
eligibility for a license as apprentice jockey; provided, however, that any
person who has ridden as a licensed jockey at any recognized meeting in the
United States or other country shall have the burden of establishing that the
granting of an apprentice license to such person is in the best interest of
racing in this state.
allowance as follows:
apprentice jockey shall ride with a five-pound weight allowance beginning after
his/her first mount and for one full year from the date of his/her fifth
winning mount except no weight allowance shall be given in quarter horse races.
after riding one full year from the date of his/her fifth winning mount, the
apprentice jockey has failed to ride a total of 40 winners from the date of
his/her first winning mount, he/she shall continue to ride with a five-pound
weight allowance for one more year from the date of his/her fifth winning mount
or until he/she had ridden a total of 40 winners, whichever comes first.
(ii) If an apprentice jockey is unable to ride for a period of 14
consecutive days or more after the date of his/her fifth winning mount because
of service in the armed forces of the USA, or because of physical disablement,
the commission may extend the time during which such apprentice weight
allowance may be claimed for a period not to exceed the period such apprentice
jockey was unable to ride.
a jockey from a foreign country, excluding Mexico and Canada, rides in the
United States, the jockey must declare that the jockey is a holder of a valid
license and currently not under suspension.
apprentice shall be bound by all the rules for jockeys, except insofar as said
rule may be in conflict with the following specific regulations for
certificates entered into in the state of Montana must be made on forms
supplied by the Montana board of horse racing and a copy shall be filed with
copy of all apprentice contracts, wherever entered into, must be filed with the
an apprentice contract is transferred, said transfer must be approved by the
stewards and registered with the board by both the transferrer and the
owner or trainer shall be allowed to enter into a contract in Montana with an
apprentice jockey unless he is in control or possession of such stable or horse
as would, in the opinion of the stewards, warrant the employment of an
application for a license as an apprentice jockey shall be accompanied by:
(a) an original or photostatic copy of his/her agreement with his/her
contract employer or apprentice certificate.
certificate or satisfactory evidence of date of birth. The stewards may permit a jockey to ride
pending action on his/her application.