It’s Complicated: CHRB Considering New Rules On Claiming, Gelding Announcements

The California Horse Racing Board introduced rule changes pertaining to claiming horses and to first-time gelding announcements during its meeting July 20.

The Daily Racing Form reports that the CHRB is considering a rule that would restrict horses claimed at California tracks from leaving the state for a period of time after being acquired. The board is also considering a requirement that a horse must be scratched if he's racing as a first time gelding and the information was not made available to the public prior to the start of betting.

The proposed rules are still months from being implemented.

According to the Form, Santa Anita and Del Mar currently have rules in place that restrict a claimed horse from being raced out of state until the current race meeting is complete – or for 45 days, whichever is longer. Claimed horses can be moved if it's approved by the racing secretary, however.

A new rule pertaining to first-time geldings would require the horse to be scratched if the “equipment change” was not announced prior to opening of betting on the race. Trainers currently face a minimum $1,000 fine if they fail to notify the racing secretary at the time of entry that a horse is racing as a gelding for the first time.

Read more in the Daily Racing Form

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