Purpose: To amend WAC 260-24-510 Stewards, to clarify the authority and reporting requirements of the stewards, removing the penalty matrix (which is being moved to chapter 260-84 WAC), clarify who may appoint a substitute steward and provide a process for owners and trainers to challenge the decision of the stewards to place or maintain a horse on the steward's list. In addition, WAC 260-24-500 Racing officials, is being amended to comply with the changes to WAC 260-24-510.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 260-24-500 and 260-24-510.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 67.16.020 and 67.16.040.
Adopted under notice filed as WSR 05-04-084 on February 2, 2005.
Changes Other than Editing from Proposed to Adopted Version: The following language in WAC 260-24-510 (1)(g), removed in the proposed version, was put back in the adopted version: "The stewards have the authority to interpret the rules and to decide all questions of racing."
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 2, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 2, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 2, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Date Adopted: March 10, 2005.
R. M. Leichner
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 04-17-082, filed 8/16/04, effective 9/16/04)
WAC 260-24-510 Stewards. (1) General authority:
(a) The stewards for each ((
meeting)) race meet shall be
responsible to the executive secretary for the conduct of the
race (( meeting)) meet and the initial agency determination of
alleged rule violations in accordance with these rules;
(b) The stewards shall enforce the rules of racing in chapters 260-12 through 260-84 WAC, excluding chapters 260-49 and 260-75 WAC;
(c) The stewards' authority includes regulation of all racing officials, track management, licensed personnel, other persons responsible for the conduct of racing, and patrons, as necessary to insure compliance with these rules;
(d) All nominations, entries, declarations and scratches
shall be ((
conducted under the supervision of the stewards))
monitored by a steward;
(e) The stewards shall have authority to resolve conflicts or disputes related to violations of the rules of racing and to discipline violators in accordance with the provisions of these rules;
(f) The stewards shall take notice of any questionable conduct with or without complaint thereof;
(g) The stewards have the authority to interpret the
rules and to decide all questions of racing ((
covered by the rules;
(h) Should any case occur which may not be covered by
these rules of racing, it shall be determined by the stewards
of the race meeting in conformity with justice and in the best
interest of racing; and)). The stewards of the ((
race meet are hereby given authority to exercise their full
power, recommending to the commission the imposition(( s)) of
more severe penalties(( , if in their judgment the penalty
should be more drastic)) if necessary.
(2) The stewards' period of authority shall commence
10)) ten days prior to the beginning of each race meet, or
at such other time as is necessary in the opinion of the
executive secretary, and shall terminate (( with the completion
of their business pertaining to the meeting)) at the direction
of the executive secretary. One (( of the three)) steward(( s))
shall be designated as the presiding steward by the
(3) Stewards ruling conference regarding violations of rules of racing:
(a) The stewards shall take notice of alleged misconduct or rule violations and initiate investigations into such matters.
(b) The stewards shall have authority to charge any licensee or other person with a violation of these rules, to make rulings and to impose penalties including the following:
(i) Issue a reprimand;
(ii) Assess a fine not to exceed $2,500.00, except as provided in WAC 260-70-690;
(iii) Require forfeiture or redistribution of purse or award, when specified by applicable rules;
(iv) Place a licensee on probation;
(v) Suspend a license or racing privileges for not more than one year per violation;
(vi) Revoke a license; or
(vii) Exclude from grounds under the jurisdiction of the commission.
Except as provided in (d) of this subsection,)) The
stewards' imposition of reprimands, fines and suspensions
shall be based on the (( following penalty matrixes:)) penalty
matrix in WAC 260-84-060.
Circumstances which may be considered for the
purpose of mitigation or aggravation of any penalty shall
include, but are not limited to, the following:
(i) The impact of the offense on the integrity of the parimutuel industry;
(ii) The danger to human and/or equine safety;
(iii) The number of prior violations of the rules of racing or violations of racing rules in other jurisdictions; and/or
(iv) The deterrent effect of the penalty imposed.
(e) For violations covered by chapter 260-70 WAC, Medication, the stewards shall follow the penalty guidelines as set forth in WAC 260-70-690.
(f))) The stewards may ((
place)) direct a jockey (( on a
film list)) to the film analyst whenever a jockey is involved
in questionable, unsafe or potentially dangerous riding. Jockeys referred to the film analyst (( or stewards)) shall
appear when directed. Failure to appear when directed shall
be considered a violation of the rules of racing for which
penalties may be imposed.
(g) The stewards may refer any matter to the commission
and may include recommendations for disposition. The absence
of a stewards' referral shall not preclude commission action
in any matter. A stewards' ruling shall not prevent the
commission from imposing a more severe penalty.
(h))) (e) The stewards shall have the authority to conduct a ruling conference, and the authority to:
(i) Direct the attendance of witnesses and commission employees;
(ii) Direct the submission of documents, reports or other potential evidence;
(iii) Inspect license documents, registration papers and other documents related to racing or the rule violation;
(iv) Question witnesses; and
(v) Consider all relevant evidence.
(i))) (f) The stewards shall serve notice of a
conference to person(s) alleged to have committed a violation,
which shall contain the following information:
(i) A statement of the time and place the conference will be held;
(ii) A reference to the particular sections of the WAC involved;
(iii) A short and plain statement of the alleged violation; and
(iv) A statement that if the person does not appear, the ruling will be made in his/her absence, and that failure to appear will be considered a separate violation of the rules of racing.
(j))) (g) Failure to appear for a ruling conference
shall be considered a violation of the rules of racing for
which penalties may be imposed.
(k))) (h) It is the duty and obligation of every
licensee to make full disclosure to the board of stewards of
any knowledge he/she possesses of a violation of any rule of
racing. No person may refuse to respond to questions before
the stewards on any relevant matter within the authority of
the stewards, except in the proper exercise of a legal
privilege, nor shall any person respond falsely before the
(l))) (i) At the ruling conference, the stewards shall
allow the (( licensee)) person alleged to have committed a
violation to make a statement regarding the alleged violation.
(m))) (j) All ruling conferences shall be recorded.
(n))) (k) Every ruling by the stewards must be served
in writing on the person(s) found in violation within five
days and shall include:
(i) Time and place the ruling was made;
(ii) Statement of rules violated;
(iii) Details of the violation;
(iv) Penalties to be imposed;
(v) Procedure for requesting a hearing before the commission to challenge the ruling; and
(vi) Plain statement of ((
licensees')) the options of the
person found in violation, which shall include:
(A) Accepting the penalty imposed by the stewards; or
(B) Requesting a hearing before the commission
challenging the stewards' ((
determination)) ruling within
(o))) (l) The stewards' ruling shall be posted and a
copy provided to the racing association.
(p))) (m) If a person does not file a request for
hearing before the commission within seven days or in the
format required by chapter (( 260-88)) 260-08 WAC, then the
person is deemed to have waived his or her right to a hearing
before the commission. After seven days, if a request for
hearing before the commission has not been filed, the
stewards' penalty shall be imposed.
(q))) (n) "Service" of the notice of ruling conference
or a stewards' ruling shall be by either personal service (( on
the licensee)) to the person or by depositing the notice of
ruling conference or stewards' ruling into the mail to the
(( licensee's)) person's last known address in which case
service is complete upon deposit in the U.S. mail.
(r))) (o) If the stewards determine that a
(( licensee's)) person's actions constitute an immediate,
substantial danger to human and/or equine health, safety, or
welfare, the stewards may enter a ruling summarily suspending
the license and/or eject from the grounds pending a ruling
conference before the board of stewards. A summary suspension
takes effect immediately on issuance of the ruling. If the
stewards suspend a license under this subsection, the licensee
is entitled to a ruling conference before the board of
stewards, not later than five days after the license was
summarily suspended. The licensee may waive his/her right to
a ruling conference before the board of stewards on the
(4) Protests, objections and complaints. The stewards
shall cause an investigation to be conducted and shall render
a decision in every protest, objection and complaint made to
They shall maintain a record of all protests,
objections and complaints. The stewards shall file daily with
the commission a copy of each protest, objection or complaint
and any related ruling.)) The stewards are vested with the
power to determine the extent of disqualification in case of
fouls. They may place the offending horse behind such horses
as in their judgment it interfered with, or they may place it
(5) Stewards' presence:
(a) On each racing day at least one steward shall be on duty at the track beginning three hours prior to first race post time. The full board of stewards shall sit in regular session to exercise their authority and perform the duties imposed on them by the rules of racing;
(b) Three stewards shall be present in the stewards'
stand during the running of each race. In case of emergency,
stewards)) executive secretary may(( , during the meet,))
appoint a substitute (( subject to the confirmation of the
(6) Order of finish for parimutuel wagering:
(a) The stewards shall determine the official order of finish for each race in accordance with these rules of racing;
(b) The decision of the stewards as to the official order of finish, including the disqualification of a horse or horses as a result of any event occurring during the running of the race, shall be final for purposes of distribution of the parimutuel wagering pool.
(7) The stewards have the authority to cancel wagering on an individual betting interest or on an entire race and also have the authority to cancel a parimutuel pool for a race or races, if such action is necessary to protect the integrity of parimutuel wagering.
(8) Records and reports:
(a) The stewards shall prepare a ((
detailing their actions and observations made during each
day's race program)) weekly report of their regulatory
activities. The report shall contain the name of the
racetrack, the date, the weather and track conditions, claims,
inquiries, protests, objections (( and hearings and any unusual
circumstances or conditions)), complaints and conferences. The report shall be (( signed by each steward and be)) filed
with (( the commission)) and approved by the executive
(b) Not later than seven days after the last day of a
race meeting, the presiding steward shall submit to the
commission)) executive secretary a written report regarding
the race meeting. The report shall contain:
(i) The stewards' observations and comments regarding the conduct of the race meeting, the overall conditions of the association grounds during the race meeting; and
(ii) Any recommendations for improvement by the association or action by the commission.
(9) Stewards' list:
(a) The stewards shall maintain a stewards' list of the horses which are ineligible to be entered in a race because of poor or inconsistent performance or behavior on the racetrack that may endanger the health or safety of other participants in racing;
(b) The stewards may place a horse on the stewards' list when there exists a question as to the exact identification or ownership of said horse;
(c) A horse which has been placed on the stewards' list because of inconsistent performance or behavior, may be removed from the stewards' list when, in the opinion of the stewards, the horse can satisfactorily perform competitively in a race without endangering the health or safety of other participants in racing;
(d) A horse which has been placed on the stewards' list because of questions as to the exact identification or ownership of said horse, may be removed from the stewards' list when, in the opinion of the stewards, proof of exact identification and/or ownership has been established.
(e) An owner or trainer who disagrees with the stewards' decision of placing or maintaining a horse on the stewards' list may request and be granted a stewards' ruling conference to challenge the decision of the stewards.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 67.16.020. 04-17-082, § 260-24-510, filed 8/16/04, effective 9/16/04; 03-13-074, § 260-24-510, filed 6/13/03, effective 7/14/03. Statutory Authority: RCW 67.16.040. 98-01-145, § 260-24-510, filed 12/19/97, effective 1/19/98.]
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 98-01-145, filed 12/19/97, effective 1/19/98)
WAC 260-24-500 Racing officials. (1) Officials at a race ((
meeting)) meet include the following:
(b) Racing secretary;
(c) Horsemen's bookkeeper;
(d) Mutuel manager;
(e) Official veterinarian(s);
(f) Horse identifier;
(g) Paddock judge;
(i) Security director, association;
(j) Commission security inspector(s);
(k) Commission auditor;
(l) Clerk of scales;
(m) Jockey room supervisor;
(n) Film analyst;
(p) Race timer;
(q) Paddock plater;
(r) Mutuel inspector;
(t) Any other person designated by the commission.
(2) The commission officials of a race ((
shall be designated prior to each race (( meeting)) meet and
those commission officials shall be compensated by the
The association officials of a race ((
shall include but are not limited to: Racing secretary,
mutuel manager, starter, horsemen's bookkeeper, association
security director, jockey room supervisor and outrider(s).
(a) To qualify as a racing official, the appointee shall be;
(i) Of good character and reputation;
(ii) Familiar with the duties of the position and with the commission's rules of racing;
(iii) Mentally and physically able to perform the duties of the job; and
(iv) In good standing and not under suspension or ineligible in any racing jurisdiction.
(b) To qualify for appointment as a steward the appointee shall be an Association of Racing Commissioners International-accredited steward and be in good standing with all Association of Racing Commissioners International member jurisdictions, unless the appointee has been appointed as a substitute steward as provided in WAC 260-24-510. The commission may waive this accreditation requirement for Class C race meetings.
(4) The commission, in its sole discretion, may determine the eligibility of a racing official and, in its sole discretion, may approve or disapprove any such official for licensing.
(5) While serving in an official capacity, racing officials and their assistants shall not:
(a) Participate in the sale or purchase, or ownership of
any horse racing at the ((
meeting)) meet; unless disclosed in
advance and approved by the board of stewards;
(b) Sell or solicit horse insurance on any horse racing
at the ((
(c) Be licensed in any other capacity without permission of the commission, or in case of an emergency, the permission of the stewards;
(d) Wager on the outcome of any race for which parimutuel wagering is conducted under the jurisdiction of the commission; or
(e) Consume or be under the influence of alcohol or any prohibited substances while performing official duties.
(6) Racing officials and their assistants shall immediately report to the stewards every observed violation of these rules.
(7) Complaints against officials:
(a) Complaints against any steward shall be made in writing to the commission and signed by the complainant;
(b) Any complaint against a racing official other than a steward shall be made to the stewards in writing and signed by the complainant. All such complaints shall be reported to the commission by the stewards, together with a report of the action taken or the recommendation of the stewards;
(c) A racing official may be held responsible by the stewards or the commission for the actions of their assistants;
(a) A person shall not be appointed to more than one
racing official position at a ((
meeting)) meet unless
specifically approved by the commission;
(b) The commission shall appoint or approve its officials
for each race ((
meeting)) meet, the officials shall perform
the duties as outlined herein and such other duties as are
necessary as determined by the commission or its executive
(9) Where an emergency vacancy exists among racing
officials, the ((
stewards)) executive secretary or the
association, (( with the stewards' approval,)) shall fill the
vacancy immediately. Such appointment shall be reported to
the commission and shall be effective until the vacancy is
filled in accordance with these rules.
(10) Should any steward be absent at race time, and no approved alternate steward be available, the remaining stewards shall appoint a substitute for the absent steward. If a substitute steward is appointed, the commission and the association shall be notified by the stewards.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 67.16.040. 98-01-145, § 260-24-500, filed 12/19/97, effective 1/19/98.]