HORSE RACING COMMISSION
[Filed January 13, 2020, 10:11 a.m., effective February 13, 2020]
Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.
Purpose: To allow a trainer to supervise the saddling of a horse by approved employees.
Citation of Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 260-28-200 and 260-40-110.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 67.16.020
Adopted under notice filed as WSR 19-22-082 on November 6, 2019.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at the Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 0, Amended 2, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 2, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: January 10, 2020.
Douglas L. Moore
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 17-05-059, filed 2/10/17, effective 3/13/17)
WAC 260-28-200Trainer—Paddock duties.
(1) A trainer must have his or her horse in the receiving barn or paddock at the time appointed.
(2) A trainer, their assistant trainer, or substitute trainer, must attend his or her horse in the paddock, and must be present to ((saddle))conduct, or directly supervise, the saddling of the horse((, unless he/she has obtained the permission of a steward to send another licensed trainer as a substitute)).
(a) If a trainer or assistant trainer directly supervises the saddling of the horse, only licensees that have demonstrated the skills required and have been approved by a commission appointed designee may physically saddle the horse. The trainer will be required to pay a L&I premium if the licensee which performs the duties is not a registered employee of the trainer or the owner of the horse.
(b) An owner may be approved to saddle, but may only saddle horses in which they have an ownership interest.
(3) In all claiming races, protective wraps and boots must be removed immediately after the horse has been saddled for the race.
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 07-07-010, filed 3/8/07, effective 4/8/07)
WAC 260-40-110Horse must be in care of and saddled by a licensed trainer.
(1) No person may start a horse in a race unless the horse is under the care of a trainer licensed at the race meet.
(2) No horse may start in a race unless the licensed trainer, or an approved substitute as provided in WAC 260-28-200, saddles the horse. The stewards may approve a substitute trainer who may saddle the horse in an emergency situation.