Chapter 3769-9 Short Distance Racing
In adopting rules of the Ohio state racing commission, it is not the intention of the commission that they shall conflict in any way with the Ohio Revised Code or the Ohio rules of racing. The rules of the commission shall govern short distance racing whenever applicable. When not applicable, the stewards may enforce rules of the "American Quarter Horse Association" or the applicable association rules of any other short distance racing breed so long as they are not inconsistent with the rules of the commission.
Short distance racing shall be for a distance of less than one-half mile. Quarter horse racing shall be conducted on a straightaway for a distance not to exceed one-quarter mile. However, horses participating in quarter horse racing may participate in other short distance racing.
No horse shall be permitted to start in any race under the rules governing short distance racing unless duly registered by the "Jockey Club" or the "American Quarter Horse Association" or an association for other short distance racing breeds.
In any straightaway race, every horse must maintain position as nearly as possible in the lane in which it starts. If a horse is ridden or drifts out of its lane in such a manner that it interferes with or impedes another horse in any way, the stewards may declare a foul against the horse, the jockey or both. In such cases the horse may be disqualified and/or the jockey may be fined and/or suspended by the stewards.
No whip shall be carried on any two-year old in a race on the straightaway until June first, and no whip shall be carried on any horse in any race when making a first start unless its use has been approved by the stewards. Thereafter, the decision as to when a horse is running true enough to permit the use of a whip shall be left to the discretion of the stewards.
(A) All horses which have not raced at a recognized meeting within the six months next prior to any race in which said horse is sought to be entered shall be required to qualify in at least two trial races. All such horses must meet a qualifying time to be eligible for entry to race. At least two qualifying times will be set, one for two-year olds, and one for older horses by the stewards.
(B) The stewards for any reason may require a horse to run additional trial races.
The quarter horse chart book shall be the official chart form for quarter horse racing.
The official stud book and registry of the "American Quarter Horse Association" shall be recognized as the sole official registry for quarter horses.
(A) An Ohio owner, for the purpose of determining eligibility under section 3769.086 of the Revised Code, must comply with the following:
(1) Has been a permanent resident of the state of Ohio for six months and maintains legal residency status in no other state.
(2) If a registered voter, is registered to vote in Ohio only.
(3) Files a personal property tax in Ohio if required to do so.
(4) Has owned the horse in question at least thirty days prior to the horse's entry in any race for Ohio-owned horses involving awards from the Ohio quarter horse development fund.
(5) All stockholders of corporations or members of partnerships owning horses must be Ohio residents as described above in order for their horses to be eligible to participate in Ohio-owned races involving awards from the Ohio quarter horse development fund.
(B) The owner of any stallion desiring to use him for breeding purposes and to have him qualify under this rule must register said stallion with the Ohio racing commission. Said registration shall be on forms provided by the commission and filed therewith by the time that he first services a mare that particular year. Said stallion must stand for breeding purposes only in Ohio.
(C) The owner or lessee of any thoroughbred or quarter horse stallion desiring to use him for breeding purposes and to have him qualify under this rule must register said stallion with the Ohio state racing commission. Said registration shall be on forms provided by the commission. A stallion which is to stand for the first time in Ohio must be registered prior to the time he first services a mare that particular breeding season. For the purpose of complying with this rule for the 1977 breeding season, all foals of 1978 shall be eligible if the stallion was properly registered with the commission by December 31, 1977.
(D) Stallions remaining in the state for more than one breeding season need not be registered annually, but a standard renewal form must be filed annually by November thirtieth preceding the breeding season on forms provided by the commission.
(A) For a violation of any rule in this chapter and unless a rule specifically precludes the stewards from doing so, the stewards, upon the concurrence of two such officials, may fine a licensee an amount not in excess of the amount permitted by section 3769.091 of the Revised Code and/or suspend licenses, upon the concurrence of two such officials, for a period not to exceed the length of time permitted by section 3769.091 of the Revised Code and/or refer the licensee to the commission for further action.
Any fine or suspension may be appealed to the commission. Such appeal shall stay the fine or suspension until further action by the commission.
(B) In addition to any other penalty provided, or in the event no penalty has been provided, the commission, may, upon finding a licensee has violated a rule of this chapter, fine the licensee an amount not in excess of the amount prescribed by law and/or deny, suspend or revoke any Ohio state racing commission license held by the licensee and/or rule off any such licensee from all Ohio race tracks.
(C) Should the commission find a permit holder, or a representative of the permit holder has violated a rule in this chapter, they may fine said permit holder or the representative of the permit holder an amount not in excess of the amount prescribed by law and/or deny, suspend or revoke any license and/or permit held by said permit holder or representative of the permit holder and/or rule off any such permit holder's representative.
(D) Each day during which any violation of a rule in this chapter continues to occur shall be considered a separate offense and any person and/or permit holder continuing to violate said rule or rules may be penalized separately for each day the violation occurs.
(E) Any person who violates any provisions of the Horse Racing Act or any of the Ohio rules of racing for which no penalty is otherwise provided, may be denied a license under such rules. A licensee under such rules may be fined, may have his/her license suspended or revoked or may be ruled off. Any permit holder who violates any of the provisions of the Horse Racing Act or any of the Ohio rules of racing for which a penalty is not otherwise provided, may have the permit suspended or revoked, or may be denied a permit upon subsequent application therefor.