Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 06-17-088.
Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: WAC 260-24-510 Stewards.
Hearing Location(s): Auburn City Council Chambers, 25 West Main, Auburn, WA 98001, on January 11, 2007, at 9:30 a.m.
Date of Intended Adoption: January 11, 2007.
Submit Written Comments to: Douglas L. Moore, 6326 Martin Way, Suite 209, Olympia, WA 98516-5578, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, fax (360) 459-6461, by January 8, 2007.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Patty Sorby by January 8, 2007, TTY (360) 459-6462.
Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: To amend WAC 260-24-510 to clear language and adjust the process for allowing stays of stewards penalties.
Reasons Supporting Proposal: This amendment would allow the stewards to issue a suspension and if the individual constitutes an immediate, substantial danger to human and/or equine health, safety, or welfare that no stay would be issued except by a hearing before the commission.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 67.16.020.
Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.
Name of Proponent: Washington horse racing commission, governmental.
Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Douglas Moore, 6326 Martin Way, Suite 209, Olympia, WA 98516-5578, (360) 459-6462; Implementation and Enforcement: Robert Leichner, 6326 Martin Way, Suite 209, Olympia, WA 98516-5578, (360) 459-6462.
No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. Not applicable.
A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328. Not applicable.
December 6, 2006
R. M. Leichner
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 05-07-065, filed 3/11/05, effective 4/11/05)
WAC 260-24-510 Stewards. (1) General authority:
(a) The stewards for each race meet ((
shall be)) are
responsible to the executive secretary for the conduct of the
race meet and the initial agency determination of alleged rule
violations in accordance with these rules;
(b) The stewards ((
shall)) will enforce the rules of
racing in chapters 260-12 through 260-84 WAC, excluding
chapters 260-49 and 260-75 WAC. The stewards will take notice
of alleged misconduct or rule violations and initiate
investigations into such matters;
(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)) will be 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;
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. The stewards of the race meet are hereby given authority to exercise their full power, recommending to the commission the imposition of more severe penalties if necessary.
(2) The stewards' period of authority ((
commence (( 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 at the
direction of the executive secretary. One steward (( shall))
will be designated as the presiding steward by the
(( commission)) executive secretary.
(3) Stewards ruling conference regarding violations of rules of racing:
The stewards shall take notice of alleged
misconduct or rule violations and initiate investigations into
(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)) 260-84-060 and 260-84-110;
(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.
(c))) (b) The stewards' imposition of reprimands, fines
and suspensions (( shall)) will be based on the (( penalty
matrix)) penalties in (( WAC 260-84-060)) chapter 260-84 WAC.
For any ((
other)) violation not specifically listed in
(( WAC 260-84-060)) chapter 260-84 WAC, the stewards (( shall))
have discretion to impose the penalties as provided in (( (b)))
(a) of this subsection.
(d))) (c) The stewards may direct a jockey to meet with
the film analyst whenever a jockey is involved in
questionable, unsafe or potentially dangerous riding. Jockeys
referred to the film analyst (( shall)) must appear when
directed. Failure to appear when directed (( shall)) will be
considered a violation of the rules of racing for which
penalties may be imposed.
(e))) (d) 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.
(f))) (e) The stewards (( shall)) must serve notice of a
conference to person(s) alleged to have committed a violation,
which (( shall)) must 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.
(g))) (f) Failure to appear for a ruling conference
(( shall)) will be considered a violation of the rules of
racing for which penalties may be imposed.
(h))) (g) It is the duty and obligation of every
licensee to make full disclosure to the board of stewards and
commission investigators conducting an investigation into any
alleged violation of these rules, 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 or
commission investigators on any relevant matter within the
authority of the stewards or commission, except in the proper
exercise of a legal privilege, nor (( shall)) may any person
respond falsely before the stewards or to commission
(i))) (h) At the ruling conference, the stewards
(( shall)) will allow the person alleged to have committed a
violation to make a statement regarding the alleged violation.
(j))) (i) All ruling conferences (( shall)) will be
(k))) (j) Every ruling by the stewards from a ruling
conference must be served in writing on the person(s) or
parties found in violation within five days and (( shall)) must
(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 the options of the person found
in violation, which ((
shall)) must include:
(A) Accepting the penalty imposed by the stewards; or
(B) Requesting a hearing before the commission challenging the stewards' ruling within seven days of service of the ruling.
(k) Any penalty imposed by the stewards will be stayed if a request for hearing before the commission is filed within the seven days of service of the ruling.
(l) If the stewards determine that a person's actions constitute an immediate, substantial danger to human and/or equine health, safety, or welfare, and a request for hearing before the commission is filed within seven days of service of the ruling, no stay will be granted except by a hearing before the commission. The hearing before the commission will occur within thirty days of filing the request for hearing before the commission.
(m) The stewards' ruling ((
shall)) will be posted and a
copy provided to the racing association.
(m))) (n) If a person does not file a request for
hearing before the commission within seven days or in the
format required by chapter 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)) will be imposed.
(n))) (o) "Service" of the notice of ruling conference
or a stewards' ruling (( shall)) may be by either personal
service to the person or by depositing the notice of ruling
conference or stewards' ruling into the mail to the person's
last known address in which case service is complete upon
deposit in the U.S. mail.
(o))) (p) If the stewards determine that a 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)) ejecting the person 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)) will ensure that an investigation (( to be)) is
conducted and (( shall render)) a decision is rendered in every
protest, objection and complaint made to them. 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 last.
(5) Stewards' presence:
(a) On each racing day at least one steward ((
will 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)) must be present in the
stewards' stand during the running of each race. In case of
emergency, the executive secretary may appoint a substitute
(6) Order of finish for parimutuel wagering:
(a) The stewards ((
shall)) will determine the official
order of finish for each race in accordance with these rules
(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
shall be)) is 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)) will prepare a weekly report
of their regulatory activities. The report (( shall)) will
contain the name of the racetrack, the date, the weather and
track conditions, claims, inquiries, protests, objections,
complaints and conferences. The report (( shall)) will be
filed with and approved by the executive secretary;
(b) Not later than seven days after the last day of a
race meeting, the presiding steward ((
shall)) will submit (( to
the executive secretary)) a written report regarding the race
meeting to the executive secretary. The report (( shall)) will
(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)) will 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 and 67.16.040. 05-07-065, § 260-24-510, filed 3/11/05, effective 4/11/05. 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.]