12/18/2014 6:43PM

California Horse Racing Board considering new gelding rule


CYPRESS, Calif. - At its monthly meeting at Los Alamitos on Thursday, the California Horse Racing Board discussed creating a rule that would result in the scratch of any horse who has been gelded since his last start if that information is not disseminated to the betting public in a timely fashion,

The racing board did not take action on the issue. Any proposed rule must undergo a lengthy process including a period of public comment before taking effect. The rule would require first-time geldings be scratched if they are not designated at entry time, or made known to the public before the start of betting on the morning of a race.

Executive director Rick Baedeker said such information is vital for bettors in an era when multi-race wagers are dominant. He cited a hypothetical example of a bettor buying a sizable pick six ticket only to learn later that a horse running in the day’s final race has been gelded since his last start.

Horses racing as geldings for the first time can sometimes show improvement. Currently, trainers are fined $1,000 in most instances when such horses are not designated as having been gelded since their last start.

“I think this goes to the protection of the bettors,” Baedeker said.

The issue is expected to be discussed at a medication committee meeting in January among owners, trainers and racetrack executives.

*The board approved a request from Los Alamitos to ban the use of the bronchodilator clenbuterol in Quarter Horses in 2015.

There has been a rash of positives for the medication in recent years in Quarter Horse racing. Los Alamitos enacted a house rule earlier this year banning the medication. In 2015, the track plans to implement hair follicle testing of qualifiers for major Quarter Horse races to prevent abuse of clenbuterol.

Cover2 More than 1 year ago
that's not whats gonna beat ya in the long run " A GELDING " next rule will be scratch if takes dump in post parade
Matthew Hood More than 1 year ago
Why does only the long haul matter? A several thousand dollar payoff on 1 bet is not enough?
Kram Hslew More than 1 year ago
Take the drugs away and we end up with a think tank of trainers working on other ways to cheat the public.
Bob More than 1 year ago
Excellent idea...and long overdue!
dennis_dji12 More than 1 year ago
I also think they should inform the public when a 1st time starter races with blinkers on. It's surely not fair when your alive in a pick 3 4 5 6 race and a horse walks into the paddock with blinkers on. Just as important as 1st time gelding
Cover2 More than 1 year ago
Don't think that's a fact, you're mistaken, need a race first to request blinks from the stewards, otherwise no basis..........
Matthew Hood More than 1 year ago
Horses can, and do, wear blinkers first time out. Just look over some PP's and you will see how many do.
william More than 1 year ago
every state should implement this rule....seems a no-brainer to me
Steve More than 1 year ago
It's about time
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David Rose More than 1 year ago
P Davis More than 1 year ago
The suspension is stayed if they don't have the jewels reattached then chopped off again??. The CHRB is a joke!
cherney19 More than 1 year ago
Clean up the sport, that is the only way people will come back and handle will increase. Trainers like Drug O'Neil have to go. No exception, caught once, one year suspension, caught twice banned for life. Start punishing owners also, if they have a horse that is drugged, that horse can't run again for 2 months.
cherney19 More than 1 year ago
If you are so interested in bettering the sport and increasing trust and handle then you have to get rid of trainers like DRUG O'Neil. These trainers, must go. If you get caught you are suspended for 1 year, no exception. Caught again, done for life. I don't understand why you let these crooks off so easy It only hurts the sport.
Marty B More than 1 year ago
From the standpoint of a bettor , I agree. Looks like some owners/trainers here do not agree with the thumbs down that you have received. Remember, no fans , no sport. If you keep F%^$%*& the fans , there will be none of us left.