The trials and finals for the West Texas Futurity and the Mardi Gras Futurity are exempt from the March 1st rule.
Races will be recognized in which an American Quarter Horse competes with a horse registered with other breed associations: Thoroughbreds registered with The American Jockey Club, The Canadian Jockey Club or The Mexican Jockey Club as well as horses registered with the American Paint Horse Association or the Appaloosa Horse Club. (4) The track is responsible for setting starting gates so races are actually run at designated distances.
There shall not be a downhill slope in excess of one degree (1°) over the length of the straightaway.
A certified statement by a licensed surveyor that all American Quarter Horse distances at each track have been surveyed for grade and distance within the last five years shall be filed with AQHA. (5) Race results charts and an official program shall be filed with AQHA following each day’s racing by fax, online computer transmission or express delivery.
The race results chart should include all of the necessary information to produce past performance lines as well as information concerning monies earned (purse and bonus) paid through the horseman’s bookkeeper.
The official program should include conditions of the races and distances, names of the horses in each race, post positions, color, sex, age, breeding, owner, trainer, jockey and weight carried.
A videotape of all graded or restricted graded stakes shall be provided to AQHA at the track’s expense. (6) An American Quarter Horse may not earn a speed index or achieve register of merit at a distance exceeding 870 yards or around more than one turn; however, such races will be listed on the participating horse’s race record. (7) All racetracks conducting American Quarter Horse racing shall utilize an electric photo-finish camera or computerized video tape photo-finish camera.
The minimum accuracy of the camera shall be no less than 1/100th (.01) of a second.
The maximum accuracy of the camera shall be no greater than 1/1000 (.001) of a second.
The photo-finish camera shall be calibrated every year with a copy of the calibration report filed with AQHA.
In cases of questionable times reported from tracks where the performance records indicate possible error, issuance of Register of Merit certificates and acceptance of the time and speed index as official is to be withheld until the race is reviewed by AQHA.
AQHA reserves the right to adjust questionable times when the presiding race officials and racing commission do not provide reasonable justification for the questionable time using the procedure described in AQHA rule 300 (d)(10).
Such decisions by AQHA may be appealed to the AQHA Racing Council for further consideration.
Decisions of the Racing Council may be appealed to the AQHA Executive Committee as per rule 107.
A questionable time is a race time that is significantly inconsistent with the past performance record of the horses participating in that race. (8) Any commission or breed registry ruling involving horses registered by AQHA or affecting personnel engaged in American Quarter Horse racing shall be filed with AQHA unless the fine is less than $500 or the suspension is less than 90 days. (9) Should an owner participate in a race while currently under AQHA suspension or ineligible for a license or ineligible to participate under the rules of any state racing commission, turf governing body or stud book registry, the horse may not receive an official speed index or racing points for having started in the race. 73 (10) If the laboratory report on the chemical analysis of the urine or other specimen taken from a horse indicates the presence of a forbidden drug or medication and the horse is disqualified, the horse shall receive no official speed index or racing points for having started in the race. (11) The recommended minimum scale of weights of American Quarter Horse jockeys riding 2-year-olds is 120 pounds; 3-yearolds is 122 pounds; and 4-year-olds or older is 124 pounds. (12) All monetary amounts recorded as part of race results (purses, bonus earnings, claiming prices, wagering pool, payoffs, etc.) will be recorded in U.S.
Funds. (c) EARNINGS.
AQHA will only record the following as total money earned in the Official AQHA Race Record: (1) Purse earnings reported in the race result chart; and (2) Bonus earnings, including annuity awards, that are: (A) Paid to the owner(s) of a horse as a result of the horse’s performance in a specific race or series of races that are not included in the actual purse of the race(s) but are paid through the horseman’s bookkeeper (in the case of a series of races, paid through the horseman’s bookkeeper at the track where the last leg of the series was held); and (B) Reported in the race result chart. (3) Bonus earnings will be recorded separately from purse earnings, and an annotation will appear on materials such as Champions Balloting specifying that the horse’s total earnings include a particular amount of bonus earnings. (4) Bonus earnings in the form of an annuity award will be recorded as the cash value of the annuity on the date the award was earned, whether or not the owner receives the award as a lump sum or in periodic payments.
In the event an owner receives an annuity award in periodic payments, the determination of the cash value of the annuity on the date the award was earned shall be in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. (d) TIME TRIALS In the absence of specific conditions for a particular elimination or time trial race, the following rules shall apply: (1) Except in cases where the starting gate physically restricts the number of horses starting, each time trial shall consist of no more than 10 horses. (2) The time trials shall be raced under the same conditions as the finals.
If the time trials are conducted on the same day, the horses with the 10 fastest times shall qualify to participate in the finals.
If the time trials are conducted on two days, the horses with the five fastest times on the first day and the horses with the five fastest times on the second day shall qualify to participate in the finals.
When time trials are conducted on two days, the racing secretary shall make his/her best effort to split owners with more than one entry into separate days and/or time trials. (3) If the association’s starting gate has less than 10 stalls, then the maximum number of qualifiers will correspond to the maximum number of starting gate post positions. (4) Except in races around a turn, if only 11 or 12 horses are entered to run in time trials from a gate with 12 or more stalls, the association may choose to run finals only.
If 11 or 12 horses participate in the finals, only the first 10 finishers will receive purse money. (5) In the time trials, horses shall qualify on the basis of 74 time and order of finish.
The times of the horses in the time trial will be determined to the limit of the timer.
The only exception is when two or more horses have the same time in the same trial heat.
Then the order of finish shall also determine the preference in qualifying for the finals.
Should two or more horses in different time trials have the same qualifying time to the limit of the timer for the final qualifying position(s), then a draw by public lot shall be conducted as directed by the stewards.
Qualifying times in separate trials shall not be determined beyond the limit of the timer by comparing and/or enlarging photo-finish images. (6) Except in the case of disqualification, under no circumstances shall a horse qualify ahead of a horse that finished ahead of that horse in the official order of finish in a time trial. (7) Should a horse be disqualified for interference during the running of a time trial, it shall receive the time of the horse it is immediately placed behind plus one hundredth of a second, or the maximum accuracy of the electronic timing device.
No adjustments will be made in the times recorded in the time trials to account for head-wind, tail-wind, off-track, etc.
If a horse is disqualified for interference with another horse causing loss of rider or the horse not to finish the race, the disqualified horse shall be given no time and that horse should not be eligible to run in the finals. (8) Should a malfunction occur with the electronic timer on any time trial, finalists from that time trial will then be determined by official hand times operated by three official and disinterested persons.
The average of the three hand times will be utilized for the winning time, unless one of the hand times is clearly incorrect.
In such cases, the average of the two accurate hand times will be utilized for the winning time; other horses shall be given times according to the order and margins of finish with the aid of the photo finish, if available. (9) When there is a malfunction of the timer during some time trials, but the timer operates correctly in other time trials, the accurate electronic times shall not be discarded, nor shall the average of the hand times be used for all time trials. (10) If the accuracy of the electronic timer and/or the average of the hand times are questioned, the video of a time trial may be used by the stewards to estimate the winning time by counting the number of video frames in the race from the moment the starting gate stall doors are fully open parallel to the racing track.
When the timer malfunctions and there are no hand times, the stewards may select qualifiers based on the video. (11) Should there be a malfunction of the starting gate and one or more stall doors not open or open after the exact moment when the starter dispatches the field, the stewards may declare the horses with malfunctioning stall doors non-starters or may allow any horse whose stall door opened late, but still ran a time fast enough to qualify, to be declared a starter for qualifying purposes.
If a horse breaks through the stall door, or the stall door opens prior to the exact moment the starter purposely dispatches the field, the horse may be declared a non-starter, and the stewards may direct that all entry fees be refunded.
If one or more, but not all, stall doors open at the exact moment the starter purposely dispatches the field, these horses should be considered starters for qualifying purposes and placed according to their electronic time.
If the electronic timer malfunctions in this instance, the average of the hand times, or if not 75 available, the video may be utilized for the horses declared starters. (12) If a horse should be scratched from the time trials, the horse’s owner shall not be eligible for a refund of the fees paid and shall not be allowed to enter the final.
If a horse that qualified for the final should be unable to enter due to racing soundness or scratched for any reason other than a positive drug test or a rule violation, the horse shall be deemed to have earned and the owner will receive last place purse money.
If more than one horse is scratched from the final, then those purse monies shall be added together and divided equally among those owners. (13) If a qualifier for a final or consolation is disqualified for ineligibility or a rule violation after the time trials are declared official, but prior to entry for the final or consolation, the non-qualifier with the next fastest time shall replace the disqualified horse.
If a qualifier is disqualified after entry for the final or consolation for any reason other than racing unsoundness, illness or death, if necessary, the purse shall be redistributed among the remaining qualifiers. 301.
SPEED INDEX AND RACING POINTS (a) Speed index ratings are based on an average of the three fastest winning electric times run each year for the immediate past three years for each distance at each track.
The average of the nine times (to the nearest 1/1000 (.001) of a second) will represent a speed index rating of 100. (1) In the event the average time or any of the fastest times included therein are slower than the minimum standard time(s), the minimum standard will be used to compile the average(s) from which the speed index ratings will be computed the following year.
No horse will be used more than one time in any one year at a particular distance at any one track in calculating the nine fastest times.
At tracks with less than a three-year immediate history, the minimum standard will be used for the year(s) when the track was not in operation. (2) Horses starting at tracks eligible for recognition by AQHA for the first time will receive a speed index rating based on the following: (A) First year: A speed index of 100 will be based on an average of the three fastest winning electric times at each distance run for the previous year at each of the five tracks with the largest number of race starters the previous year.
No horse will be counted more than once. (B) Second year: A speed index of 100 will be based on an average of the three fastest winning electric times at each distance run for the previous year at each of the five tracks with the largest number of race starters the previous year and the average of three fastest times at the new track for the previous year.
No horse will counted more than once. (C) Third year: A speed index of 100 will be based on an average of the three fastest winning electric times at each distance run for the previous year at each of the five tracks with the largest number of race starters the previous year and the average of the three fastest times at the new track for the previous two years.
No horse will be counted more than once. (3) A speed index point varies according to the distance of the race as follows: .087 equals one speed index point at 870 yards. .077 equals one speed index point at 770 yards. 76 .066 equals one speed index point at 660 yards. .055 equals one speed index point at 550 yards. .044 equals one speed index point at 440 yards. .04 equals one speed index point at 400 yards. .035 equals one speed index point at 350 yards. .033 equals one speed index point at 330 yards. .03 equals one speed index point at 300 yards. .025 equals one speed index point at 250 yards. .022 equals one speed index point at 220 yards. (4) The following times will be used to compile speed index ratings at tracks where the average times are slower than the Minimum Standard Time.
OFFICIAL MINIMUM STANDARD TIME DISTANCE (for 100 Speed Index Rating) 220 yards – straightaway 11.95 250 yards – straightaway 13.35 300 yards – straightaway 15.55 330 yards – straightaway 16.95 350 yards – straightaway 17.85 400 yards – straightaway 20.15 440 yards – straightaway 22.05 550 yards – straightaway 27.70 660 yards – straightaway 33.50 660 yards – around one turn 34.60 770 yards – around one turn 40.36 870 yards – around one turn 45.60 (b) Racing points will be awarded according to conditions of the race and order of finish for all races recognized by AQHA, at official AQHA distances. (See chart on pages 80-81.) (1) Starter allowance and optional claiming races are considered in the same category as claiming races, based on claiming and optional claiming price. (2) Should a dead heat occur, all horses involved will receive the same points based on the place for which they dead heated; all other horses would receive points based on their actual finish. (3) A disqualified horse will receive points according to its final placement. (4) Horses participating in match races or races with less than five (5) horses on the race card will receive no race points. (5) The final decision as to which category a race shall be placed will be made by AQHA’s Racing Department. 302.
ENHANCEMENT OF PENALTY RULE (a) Without necessity of referral or recommendation by stewards, to enhance penalties and sanctions, AQHA reserves the right to independently direct disciplinary action or sanction against individuals coming under AQHA recognition by their participation in American Quarter Horse racing conducted under the provisions of the AQHA Official Handbook and regulated by duly authorized state racing commissions, the results of which are accepted by AQHA, in regard to the following matters: (1) Positive lab results involving classified narcotics or drugs restricted from administration to horses entered to race; (2) Possession of electrical devices in the course of a recognized race meeting; (3) Racing a ringer for fraudulent purposes; and (4) Multiple offenses for the same ownership. (b) Such procedure will be conducted according to rule 106. 77 Individuals may be suspended from membership and horses owned, trained and/or ridden by such individuals may be suspended from participation privileges in AQHA-approved events. (c) AQHA, in cooperation with RCI, can provide information on licensing, rulings and racing statistics for American Quarter Horse trainers.
This information may be requested by contacting AQHA’s Racing Department. 303.
HORSE OWNERSHIP (a) For purposes of this rule, the term “AQHA Race Ownership Record” shall mean a horse’s official AQHA ownership record as it existed within AQHA’s ownership data system at the time of a race. (b) For purposes of this rule, a person shall be considered a “Record Owner” of a horse if such person is: (1) listed as the owner per “AQHA Race Ownership Records”; or (2) listed as the lessee per “AQHA Race Ownership Records”. (c) For purposes of AQHA recognition and AQHA awards only, points and earnings earned as a result of a horse’s performance in a particular race shall only be credited to the “Record Owner” of such horse for that race (“AQHA Credit”). (d) AQHA recognizes that reporting services and/or racetracks, for purposes of their record keeping, may rely on certain documentation as being sufficient for their official and final determination/recognition of a person as being the owner of a horse.
AQHA recognizes that such documentation might include, but not necessarily be limited to: (1) AQHA registration certificates presented to race officials; (2) AQHA lease certificates presented to race officials; or (3) valid transfer reports or leases presented to race officials.
Notwithstanding such reliance and official and final determination/recognition by reporting services and/or racetracks, if a person is not a “Record Owner” as defined in subsection (b), such person shall not enjoy the “AQHA Credit” referenced in subsection (c) above.
This remains true even if AQHA official ownership records are subsequently updated after a race to reflect that such person was the owner of the horse at the time of the race. (e) For information on transferring horses claimed in claiming races, see rule 224(h). 304.
IDENTIFICATION TATTOOING AND PARENTAGE VERIFICATION.
American Quarter Horses participating at tracks, the results of which are recognized by AQHA, require tattoo identification as follows: (a) Tattoo Identification: Unless otherwise stipulated by the responsible turf governing body, every horse registered with AQHA, prior to participating in an American Quarter Horse race, shall be identified and branded with a tattoo number on the upper lip by an AQHA-authorized tattoo technician.
Refer to rule 213, for rules pertaining to age determination by tooth examination and ineligibility to compete, if age shown by teeth does not correspond with age shown on registration certificate.
The official tattoo identification number shall be affixed on the horse’s registration certificate, filed with AQHA 78
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