WSR 03-07-053

PROPOSED RULES

HORSE RACING COMMISSION


[ Filed March 14, 2003, 1:42 p.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 03-03-039.

Title of Rule: New section WAC 260-48-940 Head-to-head wagering.

Purpose: To allow for wagering to select a winning contestant in a designated contest or series of contests in a competition between two or more betting interests or the skill of the jockey and/or trainer.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 67.16.040.

Summary: To allow for head-to-head wagering during a race at a Washington race meet.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: To provide greater flexibility in wagering alternatives for the betting public.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Robert J. Lopez, Olympia, Washington, (360) 459-6462; Implementation and Enforcement: Robert M. Leichner, 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: Purpose of the rule is to establish a new section to allow for head-to-head wagering at races at Washington race meets to provide greater wagering flexibility to the betting public.

Proposal does not change existing rules.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. The changes will not impose any costs upon businesses in the horse racing industry.

RCW 34.05.328 does not apply to this rule adoption. The rule is not subject to this section under RCW 34.05.328 (5)(a).

Hearing Location: Auburn City Council Chambers, 25 West Main, Auburn, 98001, (253) 931-3041, on May 8, 2003, at 10:30 a.m.

Submit Written Comments to: Robert Leichner, Washington Horse Racing Commission, 6326 Martin Way, Suite 209, Olympia, 98516-5578, fax (360) 459-6461, by May 7, 2003.

Date of Intended Adoption: May 8, 2003.

March 14, 2003

R. M. Leichner

Executive Secretary


NEW SECTION
WAC 260-48-940   Head-to-head wagering   (1) Head-to-head wagering requires the selection of the winning contestant in a designated contest or series of contests, in a competition between two or more equally matched betting interests, or based on the sportsmanship and/or skill of the jockeys and/or trainers, regardless of the official placing of the other betting interests in that contest or series of contests.

(2) The choice of which contestants from a contest shall participate in the head-to-head contest shall be made as follows:

(a) The association must obtain approval from the board of stewards for each head-to-head contest.

(b) The matching of contestants for the head-to-head contest shall be limited to contestant versus contestant, jockey versus jockey, and/or trainer versus trainer.

(c) The contestants chosen for the head-to-head wager shall be conspicuously identified in the official program.

(3) The net head-to-head pool shall be distributed to winning wagers in the following precedence, based on the official order of finish:

(a) As a single price pool to those whose selection finished first in a single head-to-head contest, or first in the greatest number of a series of head-to-head contests; but if there are no such wagers, then

(b) The head-to-head pool shall be refunded.

(4) If there is a dead heat in a contest involving two or more of the contestants in:

(a) A single-contest head-to-head pool, then the entire pool shall be refunded.

(b) One or more contests of a series, then all the contestants involved in the dead heat shall be considered winners and the net pool shall be distributed as a signal price pool, provided that;

(c) In a series of contests, if there is a dead heat in half or more of the contests then the head-to-head pool for those contests shall be refunded.

(5) If any head-to-head contest is canceled or declared no contest:

(a) In a single-contest head-to-head pool, the pool shall be refunded.

(b) In a series of contests, if half or more of the contests are canceled or declared no contest, then the head-to-head pool for those contests shall be refunded.

(6) If any contestant is scratched or declared a non-starter in any head-to-head contest, then that contest shall be canceled.

(7) If all contestants fail to finish in a head-to-head contest, then that contest shall be canceled.

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