As each greyhound is weighed in, there shall be an identification tag attached to its collar indicating the number of the race in which the greyhound is entered and its post position. This tag shall not be removed until the greyhound has been weighed out, blanketed and identified.
All greyhounds must be weighed in and weighed out with the muzzle, collar and lead strap approved by the division's paddock judge.
Upon weighing-in, should there be a variation of more than 11/2 pounds from the greyhounds established weight the stewards shall order that greyhound scratched.
Immediately after being weighed in, the greyhounds shall be placed in lock-out kennels under the supervision of the association paddock judge or kennel master.
If at weighing-in time there is more than 2 pounds variation between the present weight and the weight at weighing-in time of its last race, the stewards shall order the greyhound scratched.
Upon placement of the greyhounds in the lock-out kennels after weighing-in, no person except racing officials, lead-outs in the presence of a racing official or designated representatives of the division shall be allowed in the lock out kennels.
Each greyhound shall be weighed out immediately after being removed from the lock-out kennels. If a greyhound loses weight in excess of 1-1/2 pounds from its weigh-in weight while in the lock-out kennels, the stewards shall consult with the division veterinarian. If, in the opinion of the division's veterinarian, the loss of weight while in the lock-out kennels does not impair the racing condition of the greyhound, the stewards shall allow the greyhound to race. Otherwise, the greyhound shall be scratched.
A record of all greyhounds losing in excess of one and one-half pounds while in the lock-out kennel shall be maintained by the division veterinarian. The division veterinarian shall identify a greyhound as a weight loser who loses weight in excess of one and one-half pounds on a minimum of three consecutive occasions while in the lock-out kennel. Each greyhound classified as a weight loser shall be identified with the initials "WL" following its name in the daily race program.
The clerk of scales shall require a greyhound to remain on the scales until such time as no more than 1-quarter pound movement in scale action is caused by the greyhound moving while being weighed.
The weight regulations provided in this section shall be printed in the daily race program.
The stewards shall have the option of ordering the weighing of a greyhound entered in a race at any time from the time the greyhound is entered in a race until post time.
Entered greyhounds not brought to weigh-in due to illness or injury shall be examined by the division's veterinarian and the results of the examination reported to the stewards.
Game 7.08 History
Cr. Register, March, 1990, No. 411
, eff. 4-1-90; CR 03-070
: am. (1) (b), (2) (a), (b), (g), (4) (b), renum. (3) to be (3) (a) and am., cr. (3) (b) Register November 2003 No. 575
, eff. 12-1-03.
All greyhounds shall wear the regulation muzzle and blanket while racing. Following the race, racing blankets shall not be removed until the greyhounds are under visual observation by their trainer or designee.
Before leaving the paddock for the starting box the muzzles and blankets of each greyhound shall be carefully examined and again examined in front of the steward's stand before the stewards and the public, or on video display terminals with prior approval of the stewards. All muzzles and blankets used shall be approved by the division paddock judge.
All greyhounds shall be exhibited in the display area of the paddock before post time of the race in which they are entered.
After the greyhounds leave the paddock on their way to the starting point, and until the race has concluded, all persons except racing officials and necessary attendants shall be excluded from the track.
Prior to the first post time for each performance the lure operator shall test the lure to ensure that the lure is in proper working order. Any problems that would prevent the operation of a consistent lure shall be reported immediately to the stewards.
The greyhounds shall be started from a type of starting box approved by the division and there shall be no start until and no recall after the doors of the starting box have opened. Each starting box shall be equipped with an automatic opener with a manual back-up.
If less than 3 greyhounds finish, the stewards shall declare it "no race" and all wagers and entry fees shall be refunded.
The trainer or designee shall receive the greyhound from the lead-out at the conclusion of each race in which they are responsible for an entry.
No race shall be called official unless the lure is in advance of the greyhounds at all times during the race. If at any time during the race, any greyhound or greyhounds touch or overtake the lure the stewards shall declare it "no race" and all monies wagered shall be refunded.
If a greyhound bolts the course, or runs in the opposite direction during the running of the race, and in so doing, in the opinion of the stewards, interferes with any other greyhound so as to alter the outcome of the race, the stewards may declare it "no race" and all monies wagered shall be refunded.
If a greyhound bolts the course, runs in the opposite direction, or does not run the entire prescribed distance for the race, it shall forfeit all rights in the race, and no matter where it finishes, the stewards shall declare the finish of the race the same as if that greyhound was not a participant. However, that greyhound shall be considered a "starter" for grading purposes.
The stewards at each race meet shall designate individuals who may remove a greyhound from the track when it appears it may interfere with the running of the race. No other person shall enter the track during the running of the race.
If a greyhound refuses to leave the box when the doors of the starting box open at the start, there shall be no refund of monies wagered. Such greyhound shall be considered a starter.
If the stewards determine that an animal, during a race, is fractious, unruly or otherwise runs so as to cause interference to other animals in the race, the stewards may place that animal on the schooling list.
Any greyhound may be placed on the schooling list at the discretion of the stewards at any time. No animal placed on the schooling list shall be permitted to race without schooling back to the satisfaction of the stewards.
When the stewards charge a greyhound for interference in any official race, films shall be made available for viewing by the kennel owner or trainer. Upon written appeal to the stewards of an interference ruling and placement of the greyhound on the schooling list, the stewards may review the film and their decision in the presence of the kennel owner or trainer.
When greyhounds run a dead heat for first place all monies and prizes to which the winner would have been entitled shall be divided equally. Each greyhound shall be deemed a winner.
When greyhounds run a dead heat for second place, they shall divide equally the second place money and whatever additional placing monies are involved in the dead heat.
When greyhounds run a dead heat for third place, they shall divide equally the third place money and whatever additional placing monies are involved in the dead heat.
If the dividing owners cannot agree as to a prize which cannot be divided, the question shall be determined by lot in the presence of the stewards.
All objections as to eligibility of an animal to race shall be made to the stewards in writing and signed by the objector.
Objections to a greyhound engaged in a race shall be made only by the trainer of another greyhound engaged in the same race, or by an racing official.
All objections shall be made within 48 hours after the race is run.
The stewards may impose a forfeiture upon a determination that an objection was made without reasonable basis.
Pending a decision on the objection, any prize or money due any greyhound involved in the objection shall be withheld until the objection is resolved.
In all cases of fraud or willful deception, the time limitation identified in this section shall not apply if the stewards determine the objector could not have reasonably ascertained the basis of the objection within 48 hours.
If an objection is declared valid, the stewards shall determine the new order of finish and the redistribution of all purse monies. The stewards' decision shall not affect the pari-mutuel payoff.
Game 7.09 History
Cr. Register, March, 1990, No. 411
, eff. 4-1-90; CR 03-070
: am. (1) (a), (2) (h), (3) (b) and (5) (a), cr. (5) (e) to (g) Register November 2003 No. 575
, eff. 12-1-03.
The following are designated racing officials of a race meet:
Board of stewards (presiding division steward, division steward, and association steward).
All designated racing officials shall be appointed by the association except the division stewards, division veterinarian, and all other division employees, all of whom shall be appointed by the division. All association racing officials shall be licensed by the division. The successor to an official whom is replaced shall be subject to the approval of the division.
Associations shall submit to the division the names of all racing officials not less than 45 days prior to the first day of the race meeting, with biographical data relating to the expertise and qualifications of the individuals. No person shall serve in more than one racing official position without the prior approval of the division.
No racing official shall accept, directly or indirectly, any gratuity, reward or favor in connection with racing at the meeting.
No racing official shall accept anything of value from any licensee.
Racing officials shall report to the stewards all observed violations of the rules.
No occupational licensee shall use profane or indecent language to a racing official or otherwise disturb the peace of any race meet, nor act in a manner which causes any disturbance or disruption of the racing or other operation of the association, or of the acts of any racing officials or employees of the association, or is in any manner detrimental to the best interests of racing.
Any grievance or complaint against a racing official, a licensee or an employee of the licensee shall be made in writing to the stewards. The stewards shall consider the matter, take whatever action is deemed appropriate, and make a full report of their action to the division. Complaints against the stewards or employees of the division shall be made in writing to the administrator.
Whenever the general manager is to be absent from the grounds of a racetrack for more than one performance, the general manager shall, in writing, inform the stewards of the anticipated length of the absence and provide the name of the racing official who will assume the responsibilities of the general manager. The person designated to assume the responsibilities shall be authorized to exercise all duties and responsibilities of the general manager and shall be licensed as an assistant general manager.
All racing officials shall be at least 18 years of age.
The stewards shall supervise the race meet to which they are assigned including the actions and decisions of all racing officials in carrying out their duties. In all cases of conflicts, the decisions of the stewards shall control. The stewards shall be responsible for enforcing ch. 562, Stats.
, and the division's rules. The stewards shall interpret the rules and decide all questions not addressed in statutes or administrative code. All decisions and rulings within the stewards' authority shall be determined by a majority vote of the board of stewards, subject to division review.
There shall be 3 stewards for each race meeting, 2 of whom shall be appointed by the division and one who shall be nominated by the association for approval by the division.
Should any situation occur which may not be covered by the rules of racing, it shall be determined by the stewards in conformity with custom and usage in the industry and in the best interest of racing. In matters pertaining to racing, the orders of the stewards shall supercede the orders of the officers and directors of the association.
The stewards shall have the power at any time to order an examination by the division veterinarian of any animal entered or which has run in a race.
During each racing day the stewards of the race meet shall be at the division offices on the grounds of the association where the race meet is being held not later than 15 minutes prior to weighing-in time to exercise the authority and perform the duties imposed on the stewards by the rules of racing.
In an emergency, when a vacancy occurs among the racing officials other than the stewards, the stewards shall immediately fill the vacancy:
The appointment shall be effective only for one day unless the stewards determine continuation of such appointment is required.
Such appointment shall be reported immediately to the administrator by the stewards.
In an emergency when a vacancy occurs for an association steward, the presiding steward shall appoint a racing official to serve for that program. The appointment shall only be effective for one day, unless the presiding steward determines continuation of such appointment is required.
If a vacancy occurs for a division steward or division veterinarian prior to or during a race performance, the presiding steward shall appoint an individual to serve for the remainder of the race performance.
If a vacancy occurs for a racing official not listed under par. (h)
, the general manager or designee shall appoint a racing official to serve for the remainder of the race performance. The general manager's appointment shall be subject to the review and consent of the board of stewards.