No racing official shall participate in any horse racing
subject to the jurisdiction of the commission or in the conduct of a race
meeting or pari-mutuel wagering of the race meeting unless the person possesses
a permit from the commission and complies with the provisions of
the Act of
the General Assembly creating Horse Racing and Pari-Mutuel Betting Chapter
29 (§ 59.1-364 et seq.) of Title 59.1 of the Code of Virginia and the
regulations of the commission. Permits issued by the commission are not
A. Application for permit. A person desiring to obtain a
permit as a racing official shall make an application for a permit on a form
prescribed by the commission. The application shall be accompanied by a fee
prescribed by the commission and shall include the cost of fingerprinting and a
background investigation. The applicant shall be fingerprinted upon making his
initial application in the Commonwealth
and at least once every five years
thereafter. However, the commission, in its discretion, may require
fingerprints from any applicant or holder of a permit at any time. The
application shall be verified by the oath or affirmation of the applicant. In
addition, the applicant shall demonstrate that he:
1. Is of good moral character and reputation;
2. Is experienced in horse racing;
3. Is familiar with the duties the applicant is applying to do and with the regulations of the commission;
4. Possesses the mental and physical capacity to perform the duties of the position; and
5. An applicant whose vision is essential to the
performance of his duties shall take and satisfactorily pass an optical
examination every two years. The eye examination results must show natural or
corrected 20-20 vision and an ability to distinguish colors correctly.
B. Fee schedule. Before submitting an application for a permit as a racing official, the applicant shall consult the fee schedule of the Virginia Racing Commission to ascertain the applicable fee, make out a check or money order payable to the Virginia Racing Commission or pay in cash the full amount of the fee, and submit the fee with the application.
C. Consideration by commission. The commission shall promptly
consider an application and shall issue or deny the permit based on information
in the application and all other information before
it the commission,
including any investigation it the commission deems appropriate.
If an application is approved, the commission shall issue a permit, and
the permit shall be valid for one year.
D. Denial of application. The commission shall deny the
, if it finds that the issuance of a permit to a person as a
racing official would not be in the interests of the people of the
Commonwealth, or the horse racing industry of the Commonwealth or would reflect
adversely on the honesty and integrity of the horse racing industry in the
Commonwealth. The commission shall also deny the application , if it
finds that the applicant:
1. Has knowingly made a false statement of a material fact in
, or has deliberately failed to disclose any information
requested by the commission;
2. Is or has been guilty of any corrupt or fraudulent practice or conduct in connection with any horse race meeting in this or any other state;
3. Has knowingly failed to comply with the provisions of
Act Chapter 29 (§ 59.1-364 et seq.) of Title 59.1 of the Code of
Virginia or the regulations of the commission;
4. Has had a permit to engage in activity related to horse racing denied for just cause, suspended, or revoked in any other jurisdiction, and such denial, suspension, or revocation is still in effect;
5. Is unqualified to perform the duties required for the permit sought; or
6. Has been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony involving unlawful conduct or wagering, fraudulent use of a credential, unlawful transmission of information, touting, bribery, administration or possession of drugs, or any felony considered by the commission to reflect adversely on the horse racing industry in the Commonwealth.
E. Denial is final. The denial of an application by a person
as a racing official shall be final unless an appeal is made by the applicant
under the provisions of
these the regulations of the
F. Prohibited activities for racing officials. No racing
official or any assistant of a racing official
, while serving at any
race meeting licensed by the commission , shall engage in any of the
1. Participating in the sale, purchase, or ownership of
which that is racing at a meeting where the racing
official is serving;
2. Being involved in any way in the purchase or sale of any contract on any jockey racing at the meeting;
3. Wagering at race meetings licensed by the commission;
4. Accepting any gratuity or payment, other than regular wages or salary, directly or indirectly; or
5. Engaging in any activity that would impair a racing official's judgment or to function in his assigned capacity.
G. Reporting violations. Every racing official
, and any
assistant , is are responsible to report immediately to the
stewards every observed violation of these the regulations of
the commission as well as all violations of state and federal laws during
the race meeting.
H. Single appointment. No racing official may hold more than
one official position
, unless at the request of the licensee or on its
own motion the commission determines that , the holding of more than one
appointment would not subject the official to a conflict of his interests and
duties in the two official positions.
I. Emergency appointment. Any racing official who desires to leave his position or is unable to fulfill his responsibilities must first obtain permission from the commission. The licensee shall promptly appoint a successor, subject to the issuance of the appropriate permit by the commission. In the event of an emergency and the licensee is unable to appoint a successor in time to permit the orderly conduct of racing, the stewards shall immediately appoint a temporary successor.
J. Notification of commission. The list of racing officials to be employed by the licensee shall be submitted to the commission no later than 30 days prior to the opening of the race meeting. The licensee shall be responsible for submitting an application for each racing official who has not been previously issued a permit by the commission no later than 60 days prior to the opening of the race meeting.
K. Fine, suspension, and revocation. A racing official may be fined, be suspended, or have his permit revoked at any time by the commission for incompetence, failure to follow or enforce the commission's regulations, or any conduct detrimental to horse racing. The disciplinary action of the commission shall be final unless the racing official appeals the action under the provisions of this chapter.
L. Attendance at proceedings. A racing official shall attend, when requested by the stewards or commission, any hearing, appeal, or proceeding where his testimony may be material in arriving at a determination of the matter.
M. Interference with other officials. A racing official shall not interfere with the deliberations or the decision-making of other racing officials.
11VAC10-50-70. Horse identifier.
The licensee shall appoint a qualified person to act as horse identifier for the race meeting. The horse identifier shall be responsible for the proper identification of all horses entered to race. Among the duties of the horse identifier are:
1. Accompanying the commission's or licensee's veterinarian upon request during the prerace examination of all horses entered to race so as to ascertain their identity;
2. Examining every horse entered to race in the paddock for sex, age, color, markings, lip-tattoo, digital tattoo, microchip, or freeze brand number and name for comparison with the information contained on the certificate of registration;
3. Using photographs, if they exist, as an aid in identifying
horses entered to race
, during the prerace examination and in the
paddock prior to racing;
4. Notifying both the stewards and paddock judge of any doubts he has concerning the identity of any horse entered to race; and
5. Assisting the racing secretary in the safekeeping of
certificates of registration, eligibility certificates, and racing
, and the recording any information required to be entered
on these documents.
Application for Participants (rev. 02/07).