810 KAR 1:008.
RELATES TO: KRS
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.
Requirements for Trainer's License. (1) In addition to administrative
regulations applicable to licensees under 810 KAR 1:003, a holder of a
(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
(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.
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
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.)