810 Kar 1:008. Trainers

Link to law: http://www.lrc.ky.gov/kar/810/001/008.htm
Published: 2015

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      810 KAR 1:008.






KRS Chapter 13A


AND CONFORMITY: To regulate conditions under which thoroughbred racing shall be

conducted in Kentucky. The function of this administrative regulation is to

outline the requirements for trainers.


      Section 1. License

Required. No horse may be raced in this state unless the trainer thereof has

been granted a current trainer's license.


      Section 2.

Requirements for Trainer's License. (1) In addition to administrative

regulations applicable to licensees under 810 KAR 1:003, a holder of a

trainer's license:

      (a) Shall be a

person eighteen (18) years of age or older. No trainer may be licensed to train

under an assumed or stable name;

      (b) Shall be

qualified by experience or competence to care for and train race horses as

determined by a standard examination prescribed and given at any time by the


      (c) Shall have in

his charge a horse eligible to race;

      (d) Shall not engage

in an activity directly or indirectly involving the racing performance of

horses on association grounds other than those registered as being in his


      (2) A licensed

trainer shall not also be currently licensed to participate in racing in this

state as a jockey, apprentice jockey, jockey's agent, veterinarian, assistant

veterinarian, dental technician, farrier, apprentice farrier, or as an

association racing department employee, except as provided by 810 KAR 1:009.

      (3) The authority

may deny, suspend, or revoke a trainer's license for the spouse, or any member

of the immediate family or household, or a licensee ineligible to hold a

trainer's license under subsection (1)(d) of this section, unless there is a

showing on the part of the applicant or licensed trainer, and the authority so

finds that his participation in racing as a trainer shall in no way circumvent

the intent of this administrative regulation by permitting a person, under the

control or direction of a licensee ineligible to hold a trainer's license to

serve in essence as a substitute for the ineligible person.


      Section 3. Duties

and Responsibilities. A licensed trainer shall bear primary responsibility for

the proper care, health, training condition, safety, and protection against the

administration of prohibited drugs or medication of horses in his charge. A

licensed trainer:

      (1) Shall register

with the racing secretary all persons in his employ and insure that those

persons are duly licensed within twenty-four (24) hours after the employees

arrive on association grounds, or are employed. Upon discharge of an employee,

a trainer shall promptly notify the Thoroughbred Racing and Protective Bureau

and track security and authority license administrator.

      (2) Shall carry

workers' compensation insurance covering his employees in connection with

racing as required by KRS Chapter 342.

      (3) Shall register

with the racing secretary all horses in his charge in accordance with 810 KAR

1:007. No licensed trainer may take or keep in his charge a horse owned wholly or

in part, or controlled by, a person unlicensed as an owner. No licensed trainer

shall assume responsibility for a horse not under his active care and

supervision, except as provided by subsection (6) of this section.

      (4) Shall bear

primary responsibility for horses he enters as to eligibility; weight allowance

claimed; physical fitness to perform creditably at the distance entered;

absence of prohibited drugs or medications; proper shoes, bandages, and

equipment; and timely arrival in the saddling paddock. A licensed trainer shall

be jointly responsible with the licensed owner for horses he enters as to

stakes payments and jockey fees due.

      (5) Shall furnish

the name of the jockey engaged to ride each horse entered, if possible at the

time of entry, but not later than scratch time. If no jockey has been named to

ride a horse entered to race by scratch time, then the stewards shall select

the best rider available to ride the horse.

      (6) Shall personally

attend his horses in the paddock and supervise the saddling thereof, unless

excused by the stewards. If a licensed trainer is to be absent from association

grounds where his horses are stabled, he shall provide a substitute, his

licensed assistant trainer or another licensed trainer, to attend the saddling

of horses already entered and to assume complete responsibility for horses to

be entered. The substitute shall be approved by the stewards and shall sign in

the presence of the stewards a form furnished by the authority accepting complete

responsibility for horses the substitute enters.

      (7) May attend the

taking and testing of urine, blood, sweat, saliva specimen, or other sample

from a horse in his charge by the authority veterinarian and authority chemist,

or may delegate one of his licensed employees to do so.

      (8) Shall maintain

the stable area assigned to him in a clean, neat, and sanitary condition in all

times, and insure that fire-prevention laws are strictly observed in his stable


      (9) Shall promptly

report to the authority veterinarian or horse identifier any sickness, or death

of any horse in his charge.


      Section 4.

Restrictions on Ownership. No licensed trainer shall have any interest, by

ownership or lease in the racing or breeding qualities, in a horse of which he

is not the trainer at any race meeting at which such trainer is in charge of a

racing stable.


      Section 5. Horses

Suspended. No horse in the charge of a trainer whose license has been revoked

or suspended, shall be permitted to race during the period of the trainer's

suspension. Upon application by the owners of the suspended horse, the stewards

may approve the transfer of the horses to the care of another licensed trainer,

and upon the approved transfer, the horse may be entered to race.


      Section 6. Assistant

Trainer. A licensed owner or licensed trainer may employ an assistant trainer.

The assistant trainer shall be licensed before acting in such capacity on

behalf of his employer. Qualifications for obtaining an assistant trainer's

license shall be prescribed by the stewards. A licensed assistant trainer shall

assume the same duties and responsibilities as imposed on the holder of a

trainer's license. The licensed trainer shall be jointly responsible with his

assistant trainer for all acts and omissions of the assistant trainer involving

a racing matter. (KRSC Ch. 8, 8.01 to.06; 1 Ky.R. 901; eff. 5-14-75; Am. 10

Ky.R. 668; eff. 12-2-83; 18 Ky.R. 1997; eff. 2-19-92; TAm eff. 8-9-2007.)