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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 19-413



Claiming Regulations and Procedures; Thoroughbred Horse Racing

[49 Pa.B. 1294]
[Saturday, March 16, 2019]

 The State Horse Racing Commission (Commission) provides notice that on February 26, 2019, at its regularly scheduled public meeting, it issued an Order adopting, as a temporary regulation, an amendment to its existing thoroughbred claiming rules and regulations in 58 Pa. Code § 163.254 (relating to starting of claimed horses) by reducing the present 30-day time period to a 20-day time period for a subsequent start of a claimed horse in another race. This amendment was requested by the Pennsylvania Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association and the Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association. Entry of one's horses in claiming races and the ability to claim (that is, purchase) horses from out of those races is part of a voluntary program. Licensed individuals participating in claiming races understand the provisions, requirements and significant restrictions within claiming procedures. The Commission's Order was adopted under the authority of 3 Pa.C.S. §§ 9311(h) and 9312(6)(i) (relating to State Horse Racing Commission; and additional powers of commission), under Administrative Doc. No. 2019-2.

 The general purpose of the Order is: (1) to specifically reduce the prohibition period to allow horses to participate in subsequent claiming races sooner; (2) to maintain a steady and consistent horse population at each licensed thoroughbred racetrack by increasing the horse's presence at the particular racetrack; and (3) to create uniformity and consistency of the rules at thoroughbred licensed racing facilities within the Commonwealth.

 This Order and the Annex A will take effective upon publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin. In addition, the Order and specific provisions have been posted and published on the Commission's web site and a copy may be accessed by the public at The Commission will also provide copies of the Order upon request directed to (717) 787-5539.

Bureau of Thoroughbred Horse Racing

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 19-413. Filed for public inspection March 15, 2019, 9:00 a.m.]

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