07/20/2013 2:22PM

California claiming rule may be revised

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The California Horse Racing Board is expected to discuss a possible rule revision later this summer that will allow owners and trainers to take possession of claimed horses placed on the veterinarian’s list for unsoundness, according to a racing board spokesman.

Since May, claims have been voided in California on horses placed on a vet’s list for unsoundness.

Under a proposed rule change discussed at Friday’s medication and track safety committee meeting, owners and trainers will be allowed to make a designation on the claiming slip submitted before a race to have a horse transferred to their possession regardless of its post-race condition.

The proposed change must be approved by the full racing board, which has its next meeting Aug. 22. If approved by the racing board, the revised rule would not be enacted for several months, following a period of public comment and legal review.

On the Southern California Thoroughbred circuit, 14 claims were voided during the Betfair Hollywood Park meeting, which ended July 14. In the first three days of racing at the current Del Mar meeting, there have been four instances of claims being voided for unsoundness.

JoJo Zumwalt More than 1 year ago
On the other hand; May be there should not be ANY voided claimers for the fact that if the horse is cleared to race that day then it assumed to be sound at the point of entry. Why shouldn't the claimers take the same chances as anyone else? It is a very dysfunctional relationship and sometimes the rules remind me of Alice's Tea Party with the Mad Hatter.
JoJo Zumwalt More than 1 year ago
I don't think anyone that is expecting to make money from horse racing is going to check the "as-is" box. I think the other way around makes more sense, voided claimers are designated released from service for free to a CA rehab or retirement organization recognized by the CA Racing Board. I think there should also be a welfare liaison at the track available for trainers and owners to consult for placement. I'll do it.
JoJo Zumwalt More than 1 year ago
I don't think anyone that is expecting to make money from horse racing is going to check the "as-is" box. I think the other way around makes more sense, voided claimers are designated released from service for free to a CA rehab or retirement organization recognized by the CA Racing Board. I think there should also be a welfare liaison at the track available for trainers and owners to consult for placement. I'll do it.
Bob More than 1 year ago
brood not broom. I don't know why you'd claim a broom mare :)
Bob More than 1 year ago
what if you are claiming a horse for a broom mare ?
Shirley Verhoef More than 1 year ago
Why would an owner or trainer want an unsound horse. Surely they don't want to lay it up for required time. Nope just load it up with drugs and try to race it. Keep the old rule.
Ann Mitchell Adam More than 1 year ago
I don't quite see the point of the change, unless it is brought about by those that have political pull and want to dump horses??? I would question any vet "clearance" pre-race, knowing the lack of testing (?knowledge?) done or sad to say, desire to improve, exhibited by the CHRB. Just look at the procedure: Board could revise the rule but not enact for ?90? days to allow for public comment. My how magnanimous. "Public" comment takes place in a virtual vacuum! There is little "public" about this. It is ALL weighted towards those already with the most influence; i.e.: those already running the show. California has the Wizard of Oz in charge in many. MANY ways.
Quite A Dude More than 1 year ago
That seems like a fair idea. The "Claiming Rule" has got a lot of negative feedback especially from on air guys like Kurt Hoover but I think the rule is a good one on several levels. It give the buyer a better chance at claiming a sound horse and it forces all these outfits to train for some soundness rather than sucking every ounce of life out these horses.
kram hslew More than 1 year ago
Jeez, 4 voided in 3 days. just claimed horses, so how many others, if examined after the race are unsound. the vet checks them all before the race. so all these horses are going bad during the race or the prerace check is a sham.
Darlene Sanner More than 1 year ago
does make you wonder about the pre race exam Also wondering if pre-race exam and post-race exam are done by same vet