WSR 97-21-093



[Filed October 20, 1997, 11:40 a.m.]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 97-04-059.

Title of Rule: New section WAC 260-32-370 Apprentice jockeys.

Purpose: Adopt model rules that were adopted by the National Jockey Guild regarding apprentice jockeys.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 67.16.040.

Summary: To establish rules relating to apprentice jockeys, as adopted by the National Jockey Guild.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation and Enforcement: Bruce Batson, Olympia, Washington, (360) 459-6462.

Name of Proponent: Washington Horse Racing Commission, governmental.

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Explanation of Rule, its Purpose, and Anticipated Effects: To further define the rules relating to apprentice jockeys. Adding model rule language as adopted by the jockey guild.

Proposal does not change existing rules.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. These changes will not affect more than 20% or less than 10% of the populations. A small business economic impact statement was not prepared.

RCW 34.05.328 does not apply to this rule adoption.

Hearing Location: Washington Horse Racing Commission, 7912 Martin Way, Suite D, Olympia, WA 98506, on December 2, 1997, at 1:00 p.m.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Bruce Batson by December 1, 1997, (360) 459-6462.

Submit Written Comments to: Bruce Batson, Executive Secretary, FAX (360) 459-6461, by December 1, 1997.

Date of Intended Adoption: December 2, 1997.

October 20, 1997

Bruce Batson

Executive Secretary


WAC 260-32-370 Apprentice jockeys. (1) An applicant for an apprentice jockey license may be prohibited from riding until the stewards or the commission has sufficient opportunity (not to exceed 14 days) to verify the applicant's previous riding experience.

(2) The conditions of an apprentice jockey license do not apply to quarter horse racing. A jockey's performances in quarter horse racing do not apply to the conditions of an apprentice jockey.

(3) An applicant with an approved apprentice certificate may be licensed as an apprentice jockey.

(4) An apprentice certificate may be obtained from the stewards on a form provided by the commission. A person shall not receive more than one apprentice certificate. In case of emergencies, a copy of the original may be obtained from the commission where it was issued.

(5) The apprentice jockey shall be responsible to have his/her apprentice certificate with them at all times. Prior to riding, the apprentice certificate shall be submitted to the clerk of scales at each racing association in which the apprentice is licensed and riding.

(6) The apprentice jockey shall keep an accurate updated record of his/her first forty (40) winners, to be recorded on the certificate by the clerk of scales.

(7) An apprentice jockey may claim the following weight allowances in all overnight races except stakes and handicaps:

(a) Ten pound allowance beginning with the first mount and continuing until the apprentice has ridden five winners:

(b) Seven pound allowance until the apprentice has ridden an additional thirty five (35) winners; and

(c) If an apprentice has ridden a total of forty (40) winners prior to the end of a period of one year from the date of riding their fifth winner, the apprentice jockey shall have an allowance of five pounds until the end of that year;

(d) If after one year from the date of the fifth winning mount, the apprentice jockey has not ridden forty (40) winners, the applicable weight allowance shall continue for one more year or until the 40th winner, whichever comes first. In no event may a weight allowance be claimed for more than two years from the date of the fifth winning mount, unless an extension has been granted.

(e) A contracted apprentice may claim an allowance of three pounds for an additional one year when riding horses owned or trained by the original contract employer.

(8) The commission may extend the weight allowance of an apprentice jockey when, at the discretion of the commission, an apprentice jockey is unable to continue riding due to:

(a) physical disablement or illness;

(b) military service;

(c) attendance in an institution of secondary or higher education;

(d) restriction on racing;

(e) other valid reasons.

(9) In order to qualify for an extension, an apprentice jockey shall have been rendered unable to ride for a period of not less than seven (7) consecutive days during the period in which the apprentice was entitled to an apprentice weight allowance. Under exceptional circumstances, total days lost collectively will be given consideration.

(10) The commission currently licensing the apprentice jockey shall have the authority to grant an extension to an eligible applicant, but only after the apprentice has produced documentation verifying time lost as defined by this regulation.

(11) An apprentice may petition one of the jurisdictions in which he or she is licensed and riding for an extension of the time for claiming apprentice weight allowances, and the apprentice shall be bound by the decision of the jurisdiction so petitioned.

(12) Apprentice jockeys shall be bound by all rules for jockeys, except insofar as said rules may be in conflict with WAC 260-32-400.


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