Important Regulations


Important Regulations
Please check the current condition book for up-to- date rules and regulations.

Preference Date System:

The greatest advantage of the Date System is the elimination of the need to enter a particular horse several times to the exclusion of others of that type in the barn just to gain enough stars to get in . Once a date is established for a horse, the trainer need not enter him again until he is ready to run him and his date has a reasonable chance of getting him in. Trainers who keep track of the dates for their horses will have a better chance of getting horses in the right races. 


1. Preferences are in order of dates entered or run with the oldest date having first preference. Registered Maryland-breds are
    preferred if the horses have no dates, or if dates are equal. Horses entering for the first time start with zero, and are behind
    all those with dates.

2. Horses entering for the first time but not getting in a race will receive an entry date corresponding to the actual date for which
    the entry was taken.

3. Horses which draw a post position will receive a running date corresponding to the date of the race. Each time a horse
    races, his date changes to correspond with his newest running date.

4. In cases where entry and running dates are the same, the horses with the entry date will have preference.

5. Preference dates will not supersede conditions of the races.

6. Horses which scratch either at scratch time or later will lose their date and must re-enter with zero.

7. A horse on the also eligible will lose his date if he puts in a scratch card and his number is drawn, just as he lost his stars
    under the old system. (A) A horse that runs in another jurisdiction will lose his run/entry date and return to zero.

8. Turf and Dirt preference dates will be posted separately.
     (A) Preference dates are good for any type race or distance with the exception of stakes and stakes trials. Stakes or
           trial races are not considered in the preference system.
     (B) If the race is switched from turf to dirt all starters will keep the previously established date.

9. Claims, transfers or sales have no effect on preference dates.

10. The in-today rule will be observed the same as with the star system.
     *In-today Rule/When a horses name appears in the entries such entry will be given no consideration. Sweepstakes excluded.

11. Horses with dates established which reenter but do not get in, will keep the previously established date.

12. Horses on the Veterinarian's, Steward's or Starter's List cannot establish a date.

13. Horses entered in the wrong race by delegated agent or trainer loses date.

14. Trainers may enter a horse without a date for date only provided the race does have fourteen or more horses entered to run.

Double Owner Entry:

No same owner entry (Double) will be allowed to draw into the body of a race to the exclusion of different owner entry except in Sweepstakes where conditions dictate.


A horse may be declared out of a race by scratch time without a penalty, provided the declaration does not bring the number of betting interests below 10.

A horse may be excused from a race after scratch time provided that:

• Permission has been given by the racing secretary

• A medical reason is given accompanied by a vet certificate Any horse scratched for a MEDICAL REASON which brings
   the number  of betting interests below 10 will receive a 10-day penalty.

Any horse scratched off the program for TRACK CONDITION will receive a 3-day penalty.

Penalty days will be counted on a calendar day basis from the day the horse is scratched, if the scratch is submitted at, or prior to, scratch time; OR from the day the horse was scheduled to race if the scratch is submitted at a later time
and the horse cannot be taken off the program.

Race Day Administration of Lasix:

Bleeders. (. The administration of Lasix to a horse is permissible if: (1) The administration of Lasix is recommended by a practicing veterinarian; (2) The recommendation is submitted to the State Veterinarian in writing; and (3) The trainer declares the use of Lasix at the time of entry. A-1. The administration of the adjunct medications described in ssJ(1) of this regulation is permissible if there is compliance with all other sections of this regulation.

(. A Commission veterinarian is responsible for maintaining up to date records of horses which are permitted to use Lasix, and these records shall be available for inspection during the hours of operation of a race track.

(. If a horse has been observed by a Commission veterinarian to have bled from at least one nostril during the running of a race or workout, either on the racing strip or in the barn area, that horse may not be permitted to race for a period of 14 days.

(. If a horse has been observed to have bled as described under ssC of this regulation within 365 days of the first occurrence, that horse: (1) May not race for 30 days after the first reoccurrence; (2) May not race for 180 days after the second reoccurrence; and (3) Is banned from racing forever after the third reoccurrence.

(. For the purpose of counting the number of days a horse is not permitted to race in this State under this section, the day the horse bled is the first day, and the horse shall be permitted to race in the State when the last day has expired.

(. Race Day Administration of Lasix. (1) A horse scheduled to race that is permitted to use Lasix shall be administered Lasix by a veterinarian licensed by the Commission before the running of the race unless, under ssG of this regulation, the horse has been declared off of Lasix by its owner or trainer. (2) Post Race Quantitation. As indicated by post race quantitation, a horse may not carry in its body at the time of the running of a race more than 100 nanograms of Lasix per milliliter of plasma.(3) Reports. (a) The veterinarian who administers Lasix to a horse scheduled to race shall prepare a written certification indicating: (i) The Lasix was administered; and (ii) If applicable, each adjunct medication that was administered. (b) The written certification shall be in the possession of a designated Commission representative at least 1 hour before the horse is scheduled to run. (c) The stewards of judges shall order a horse scratched if the written certification is not received in a timely manner.

(. Racing Off of Lasix. (1) A horse on the Lasix Program that races without Lasix in any jurisdiction which permits the use of Lasix may not be eligible for its use for a period of 60 days. (2) To become eligible after 60 days: (a) The horse shall have been observed to have bled by a Commission veterinarian either: (i) Externally; or (ii) By endoscopic examination.

(. Program Notice. (1) Of the horses scheduled to race, the official program shall denote the horses which have been administered: (a) Lasix; (b) Lasix for the first time; and (c) Lasix and one or more adjunct medications. (2) In the official program contains past performance lines, each past performance line shall indicate if the horse was administered; (a) Lasix; or (b) Lasix and adjunct medication

(. Adjunct Medications (1) The following medications may be administered to a horse in conjunction with Lasix: (a) Aminocaproic acid; (b) Tranexamic acid; and (c) Carbazochrome. (2) If a horse is to receive one or more adjunct medications as described in ssI(1) of this regulation: (a) The trainer of the horse, at the time of entry, shall declare the use of adjunct medication; and (b) The veterinarian who administers an adjunct medication shall report each specific adjunct medication administered on the same form used to report the administration of Lasix as required by ssF(3) of this regulation.

(. Racing Off of Lasix. (1) A horse on the Lasix Program that races without Lasix in any jurisdiction which: (a) Permits the use of Lasix shall be automatically removed from the Lasix Program; or (b) Does not permit the use of Lasix may, with the permission of the judges or stewards, remain on the Lasix Program upon returning to this State, if the horse has raced with Lasix in any jurisdiction within the last 12 months. (2) An owner or trainer may declare that the owner's or trainer's horse will not use Lasix when racing by so notifying the stewards or judges and a State veterinarian at least 48 hours before a race in which the horse is to participate. (3) A horse removed from the Lasix Program under §(J)(1) or (2) of this regulation, in order to use Lasix in a race, shall requalify for its use under the provisions of §B of this regulation. The Maryland Racing Commission recommends that a horse being treated with Lasix be treated 4 hours prior to post time for it’s race, receive the treatment by intravenous injection, and be administered a dosage between 2 and 10 cc’s.

Optional Claiming Races:

1. A winner of an Optional Claiming Race, if entered not to be claimed, shall be considered a winner of an allowance race.
2. A winner of an Optional Claiming Race, if entered to be claimed, shall be considered a winner of a Claiming race.

Stall Sharing:

When stalls have been allocated they are for the horses of the person to whom assigned. No owner or trainer shall be permitted to share stalls without permission. Any violation of this regulation may result in the offending person being asked to remove his horses from the grounds. Since stall space is at a premium, it is understood that space not used in allotment reverts to the Association.

Turf Race Cancellation:

If a turf race is cancelled due to weather condition, or a decision of the stewards, that same race will be run on the main track with the purse and distance remaining the same unless otherwise noted.


Turf & Dirt: A horse may not be permitted to start if it has shoes with toe grabs with are greater than 4 millimeters in height or contain bends, jar caulks, or any other traction device worn on the front hooves.

OK Card:

Any horse which has not started in the last six months must have an “OK card” from the starter and veterinarian before starting.

Coggins Test:

All horses (including ponies) must have a current negative Coggins test certificate made within the past twelve (12) months. The Coggins test certificate must be attached to the horse's Jockey Club certificate when placed on file in the horse identifier's office.


All horses racing in Maryland must be tattooed. For good cause, the stewards or judges may waive this requirement if the horse in otherwise properly identified. However, the horse shall be tattooed thereafter within a time set by the stewards or judges.

Stall Space:

Acceptance of stall space or entry of a horse in a race with Laurel Park and/or Pimlico Race Course meet constitutes an agreement by the trainer and owner to all terms and conditions on Laurel, Pimlico and/or Bowie's current stall application, whether or not the application is signed.

Gate Fee:

All starters will pay a $25.00 fee. These fees paid to the Association shall be for the account of the Maryland Horsemen's Assistance Fund, to be used exclusively by it to assist needy persons connected with Thoroughbred racing.

Stall Eligibility: 

Stalls will not be assigned and entries will not be accepted for any horse which:

1.     Has started for a claiming price of less than $3,500 unless having finished first, second or third, in a non-claiming
        race or for a claiming price of $4,000 or more since starting for less than $3,500.

2.     Has not finished first, second, third or fourth in it's last twelve (12) starts.

3.     Is a maiden which has started for a claiming price of less than $4,000.

4.     Has not won a race for a claiming price of $3,500 or more or a non-claiming race since starting for a maiden
        claiming price of less than $4,000.

Starter and Optional Claiming races will be considered non-claiming races in determining eligibility under this rule.
Horses which become ineligible under this rule shall forfeit stall space assigned to them.


Horses vanning in for races from other tracks must be in the Receiving Barn two hours before post time for the race in
which they are to run.  Exceptions are horses in the first and second races; they must be in before 10:45 a.m. The Maryland
Jockey Club provides a horse transfer every racing day from the Bowie Training Facility and the track which is not running
(Laurel or Pimlico). Please contact Greg Harvey with any questions (443) 336-1766.

Post Position Bibs:

Each trainer is responsible for picking up the color coded post position number bib(s) at the receiving barn. The bib must be worn from the stable area to the paddock by the person leading the horse. There is a drop box to deposit the bib after the horse has been saddled, jockey mounted and led to the track for the post Parade.

Dormitories and Stables:

1.     Living quarters must be kept clean. Small radios may be plugged in outlets, otherwise light fixtures are not to be
        used for anything except lighting.

2.     No oil, or electric heaters or cooking units are permitted.

3.     As to the punitive powers of the Stewards, see Rule No.

4.     Electric wiring is not to be altered by adding additional plugs or wire.

5.     Light bulbs of more than 100 watts are not allowed.

6.     Sanitary equipment is not to be misused. The wash basins must not be used for washing clothes or equipment.

7.     Driving nails and hooks in stable walls and doors is prohibited.

8.     Smoking in the shed rows and stalls is strictly forbidden.

9.     Manure must be placed in the manure bins at all times.

10.   Savings must be placed in shavings bins at all times.

11.   Horsemen must conduct themselves in a sober and respectable manner at all times. Drinking parties are not
        permitted anywhere in the stable area. Anyone under the influence of liquor will not be permitted on the grounds.

12.   Hay and straw should be stored in limited quantities, should be kept baled at all times except when in actual use
        and shall be stored only in such areas as have been approved by the Association.

13.   The designated entrances must be used. Fences are not to be damaged in order to get in or out of the grounds.
        Entering the grounds without authorization is trespassing and violators will be prosecuted.

14.   Dogs will not be allowed on the grounds at any time.

15.   Automobiles must not be stored under stable sheds at any time. No carts may be parked within 20 feet of
        fire hydrants. Drivers must strictly observe the posted speed limits.  All cars must display parking stickers.

16.   Visitors are not allowed in the stable area at any time unless authorized.

17.   Trainers shipping in from out-of-town for any race must have all personnel accompanying the horse registered

18.   Trainers will be held responsible for the conduct of their employees while on the grounds of the Association.