Important Regulations


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

Preference Date System:

The Date System has been streamlined February 2015. Horsemen now will get their date for both dirt and turf when they turn in their foal papers to the Maryland Jockey Club horse identifier.  Once that is done, the horse will only lose his date if he runs out of town when Maryland tracks are running. Dates will be assigned by the day of the year, not the date of the month.  The 2015 dates will be in place until January 1, 2016, when the system will be reset-as it will be every January 1. Everyone will have to have their foal papers in the office on that date and new dates will be assigned from scratch for the year. 

1. Preference dates can be established by one of the following:
    a. turning foal certificates into the racing office
    b. entering a race to run (no date only entries)

2. Dates must be re-established annually in January.

3. Turf and dirt preference dates will be kept separate­ly. If a race is switched from turf to dirt, all starters will keep the previously
    established turf date.

4. Horses will receive an E date for both dirt and turf for the date the foal papers are turned in.

5. Horses entering with no date and not getting in a race will receive an E date corresponding to the date of the race for which
    the entry was taken. Horses with dates established that re-enter but do not get in will keep the previously established date.

6. Each time a horse races, its previous date will be re­placed by an R date corresponding to the date of the race.

7. Horses who scratch will receive an S date for the date of the race, unless the race runs with a full field or they were an
    alternate, in which case they will retain the previous date.

8. Horses who race in another jurisdiction will lose their date except during a break in the Maryland racing schedule
    exceeding 15 days.

9. The oldest date has first preference. For horses with the same date, an E date has first preference, an R date has second
    preference and an S date has third preference. For horses with the same date in the same category (E, R & S),
    Maryland-breds will have first preference and horses stabled at Maryland Jock­ey Club facilities will have second preference.

10. Preference dates are good for any type of race or distance with the exception of stakes. Stakes are not considered in
      the preference system.

11. Preference dates will not supersede the conditions of the race.

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

13. Any horse in the entries in the body of a race other than a stake shall receive no preference.

14. The second half of a same owner entry will not be al­lowed to draw into the body of a race to the exclusion of a
      different owner entry except in a stakes but will receive a date if it does not already have one.


Horses penalized in a race shall not be entitled to any of the allowances in such race. Horses not entitled to the first allowance in a race shall not be entitled to the second, and if not to the second, then to no subsequent allowance.  Winner or Non-winner of a stated sum means winner or non-winner of a single race of that value to the first horse. Horses not engaged as starters will not be permitted to exercise on the track between races unless permission is received from the stewards.  Any owner or trainer making an entry in a race for which his or her horse is not eligible is subject to fine by the stewards.  It is the responsibility of the person who enters a horse to provide the Racing Secretary with bleeder medication status of the horse on the entry blank and also  provide the veterinary office with a “bleeder” certificate if racing from out of state.

COUPLED HORSES -As of March 30, 2012

Coupling Rule:
(11) Coupled Horses.
(a) In §F(11) of this regulation, “commonality of ownership” means that the same person, persons, entity, or entities own at least 25 percent of a horse entered in a race and also own at least 25 percent of another horse entered in the same race.
(b) Except in stakes races, horses shall be coupled for betting purposes if: (i) The horses have commonality of ownership.
(c) If a race is split into two or more divisions, horses required to be coupled under §F(11) (b) of this regulation shall be seeded in separate divisions, if possible, but the divisions in which they compete and the post positions shall be determined by lot.

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.

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 stall space not used in allotment reverts to the Association. 

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

LAUREL EXCEPTION: 1 mile & 1 /16 turf races shall be transferred to 1 mile on the main track.

PIMLICO EXCEPTION: 1 mile turf races shall be transferred to 1 & 1 /16 mile on the maintrack. 

• In all maiden special weight turf races, preference will be given to horses which have not started for less than $20,000 in their last three starts.  Winners are preferred in all winners’ turf races

Dirt & turf shoe rule ( A horse may not be permitted to start if it has shoes on the front hooves that have toe grabs that are greater than four (4) millimeters in height or contain bends, jar calks, or any other traction device.

• Parts of entry scratches will not be processed until 11:00 am the day of the race if neither part of the entry runs then a veterinarian excuse  will be required for both horses.
• A horse may be excused from a race after scratch time provided that: - a medical reason is given accompanied by a vet certificate.
• Any horse scratched off the program for track condition will receive a 5 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.
• Any unexcused scratch by a trainer will result in a $500 fine by the stewards!
• Trainers must have the Lasix certificate form turned in to Dr. Zapf before the horse can be entered on Lasix. The form must be signed by a vet licensed by the Maryland racing commission.

• Horse’s entered Main Track Only are EXPECTED to run when the race comes off the turf.
• Any Main Track Only not running shall be subject to the same scratch rules and penalties for scratching as any other race. (Veterinarian Scratch.)
 • The Stronach Group has formally adopted a company-wide policy promoting the humane treatment of racehorses, the company announced Oct. 10. Under the policy, any trainer or owner stabling at an MJC facility who directly or indirectly participates in the transport of a horse from an MJC facility to either a slaughterhouse or an auction house engaged in selling horses for slaughter will be prohibited from having stalls at any MJC facility. The policy also applies to any actions related to the transport of a horse from an MJC facility where the ultimate intended result is a horse’s slaughter.
• The Maryland Racing Commission approved a proposed regulation that will restrict the use of ANABOLIC STEROIDS consistent with the recommendations of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium beginning January 1, 2009.
Trainers & Exercise Riders:  There will be no jogging the wrong way of the race track during gate schooling hours. A rider who is caught by the outrider or an assistant starter jogging the wrong way when the starting gate is in use will be unable to exercise at a MJC facility ever again.
New Stewards Policy: Riders with the 10 pounds apprentice allowance. For the first (5) five career mounts:

Can not ride first time starters;
Can not ride two year olds;
Can not ride turf races.

( All racing colors carried in races shall be registered annually with the commission on the application for the owner’s license. It shall be the sole responsibility of the trainer to see that his/her owner’s colors are in the jockeys’ quarters to be used for his/her respective entries. For the failure to do so, the trainer will be subject to fine.

Fine will be Progressive 1st - Warning 2nd - $25.00
Each Time Thereafter - $100

• Management reserves the right to reschedule any stakes race and substitute it for any races which may have been carded.
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 last (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.
Tattoo: All horses racing in Maryland must be tattooed, but The Commissions Steward may waive the requirement upon cause shown.
Stall Space: Acceptance of stall space or entry of a horse in a race at Laurel/Pimlico constitutes an agreement by the trainer and owner to all terms and conditions of Laurel/Pimlico’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 Horseman’s Assistance Fund, to be used exclusively by it to assist needy persons connected with Thoroughbred racing.
Cornell Collar: The following procedures shall be followed in the event a trainer requests the use of this collar (1) A trainer shall submit to the Stewards a recommendation signed by a licensed veterinarian stating the collar: (a) Had been properly fitted to the specific hors (b) The use of the collar would be beneficial to the horse; and (c) Could be safely worn by the horse participating in a race. (2) A trainer shall declare the use of the collar at entry time. (3) A trainer may not remove the collar unless a licensed veterinarian recommends that it should be removed.

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 $3,500 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.

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.

Excerpts from Maryland Racing Commission Rules
 Provided as a guide only - Consult Commission for most recent rules

 (.09.10.01)(26). A horse is a “starter” when the stall doors of the starting gate open in front of the horse at the time the starter dispatches the field.

 Barred Horses (. Barred Horses.  If a trainer has in the trainer’s charge a horse whose name appears on a veterinarian’s, starter’s, steward’s, or judge’s list or any other list of horses ineligible to start, commonly known as a “Barred List”, at a race track outside this State, the trainer shall report the name of the horse and the fact that the horse has been barred to the Racing Secretary, as well as to the stewards or judges, at the meeting within the State at which the trainer proposes to enter the horse to race.

Denerved Horses (.  Denerved Horses or Horses Subjected to a Cryosurgical Procedure. A denerved horse or a horse subjected to a cryosurgical procedure shall be registered with the chief veterinarian on a form provided by the Commission for that purpose.

 Claiming. (. Except as provided in §A-1 of this regulation, in claiming races a horse is subject to claim for its entered price by: (1) through a licensed owner; (2) An individual authorized to claim in behalf of a registered stable or other multiple ownership entity; or (3) A registered authorized agent in behalf of a person listed in §A(1) or (2) of this regulation. A-1. In claiming races a horse is not subject to claim if: (1) The horse has not started for a minimum of 180 days; (2) The horse is entered for a claiming price at least equal to the claiming price for which the horse last started; (3) For the first race following the period specified in §A-1 (1) of this regulation, the horse is declared ineligible to be claimed at the time of entry; and (4) The program clearly designates that the horse is ineligible to be claimed. (B). Eligibility to claim. (1) Except as provided in §A-1(2) of this regulation, to be eligible to claim, a licensed owner, registered stable, other multiple ownership entity shall designate, as the person who will assume control and responsibility of a claimed horse, a licensed trainer who has been assigned stabling on the grounds under the jurisdiction of the Commission. (2) A licensed owner, registered stable, or other multiple ownership entity that does not have a licensed trainer with assigned stabling on grounds under the jurisdiction of the Commission is eligible to claim only to replace a horse lost to a claim at a track under the jurisdiction of the Commission. (C.) A person may not be eligible to claim more than one horse in a race, either directly or through another.  (D). A valid claim shall: (1) Be in writing on a form provided by the association; (2) Be in the name of a person qualified to claim a horse; (3) Be signed by the person, or the agent of the person, in whose name the claim is made; (4) Contain the name of the horse to be claimed in a manner sufficient to avoid confusion with the name of another horse in the race; (5) Name the trainer who will assume control and responsibility of the horse to be claimed; (6) Be for the amount printed in the program as the claiming price of the horse; (7) Be enclosed in a sealed envelope, provided by the association, which shall contain no identifying marks on its outside other than the number of the race in which the claimed horse is to participate; (8) Be deposited in the time lock box of the claims clerk at least 10 minutes before the post time for the race in which the claimed horse is to participate; (9) Be supported by funds on deposit at the association in the name of the claimant in an amount  sufficient to cover the cost of the claim and any taxes to which the claim may be subject.  (E). After the deadline for entering a claim has passed, the stewards or designee shall: (1) Open the claim envelope for the race;   (2) After ascertaining compliance with §§D and E of this regulation, if there is more than one valid claim for a horse, conduct a public drawing to determine the successful claimant; and (3) Notify the Racing Secretary of the identity of the successful claimant and the horse claimed. (F). The  stewards may require a person who submits a claim for a horse in a claiming race to make an affidavit declaring that the person is claiming the horse for the person’s own account or for the account of another as the registered authorized agent for that person. (G). If the stewards determine that a horse was improperly entered in a claiming race, they may; (1) Void a claim of the horse; (2) Order the claiming monies, including all taxes, refunded to the claimant through the Clerk of the Course, the horsemen’s bookkeeper, or otherwise; and (3) Order the return of the horse to the original owner.

(. Except as provided in §H-1 of this regulation, unless there is a violation of this regulation by the claimant, or the stewards determine that a horse was improperly entered: (1) The claim is irrevocable and the claimed horse becomes the property of the successful claimant from the time the horse is a starter; and (2) A purse earned in the race from which a horse is claimed is the property of the owner from whom the horse is claimed. (. A claim shall be voided if a horse is a starter and the horse: (1) Dies on the racetrack; or (2) Suffers an injury which requires the euthanasia of the horse, as determined by a State veterinarian, while the horse is on the racetrack.

(. After the race has been run, the successful claimant shall present verification of the claim by the Racing Secretary to the person accompanying the claimed horse. (. A properly claimed horse shall be delivered to the successful claimant in the: (1) Paddock, immediately after the running of the race, if the horse is not subject to post-race testing; or (2) Detention area, after the horse has undergone post-race testing, if the horse is subject to that testing. (. If a trainer refuses to deliver a horse that has been claimed to the successful claimant when verification of the claim is presented in accordance with §J of this regulation, the: (1) Trainer is subject to sanctions; and (2) Claimed horse shall be disqualified from participating in further racing until delivery is made.

(. In claiming races, the following acts, or an attempt to commit the following acts, are prohibited: (1) An agreement to claim, or not to claim, a horse belonging to another owner; (2) Preventing an owner from: (a) Claiming a horse, or (b) Legitimately running a horse in a race; (3) The claiming of a horse by: (a) The owner of the horse, (b) Another person for the account of the owner of the horse, or (c) One owner from another if they have the same trainer; and (4) The entry of a horse if there is: (a) A lien or other encumbrance affecting the transfer of title to the horse unless there is written permission from the holder of the lien or other encumbrance, attached to the horse’s foal certificate, allowing the horse to be entered in a claiming race; (b) An ownership dispute, or (c) A written prohibition of the horse being entered in a claiming race which is attached to its foal certificate.

(. If a horse is claimed: (1) For a period of 30 days from the day of the claim, the horse may start in a claiming race only for a claiming price at 25% more than the claiming price for which it was claimed; (2) The horse may not be sold or transferred to anyone, wholly or in part, for a period of 30 days from the day of the claim, except: (a) In a claiming race, or (b) When the horse is entered and starts for a claiming price which would cause the horse to become ineligible to be entered at Laurel or Pimlico; (3) Unless reclaimed, the horse may not remain in the same stable or under the control of management of its former owner or trainer for a period of 30 days from the day of the claim; (4) It may not race outside of Maryland for a period of 60 days from the day of the claim except: (a) To participate in a stake; (b) To participate in a claiming race for a price which would cause the horse to become ineligible to be entered at Laurel or Pimlico; or (c) During the scheduled absence of a live thoroughbred race meet in Maryland for at least 15 days.

 (. For the purposes of §M of this regulation, the day of the claim does not count in computing the time restrictions.

(. The stewards shall report action taken by them, in reference to a violation of this regulation, to the Commission which may, in its discretion, take any further action it considers appropriate.

(. A horse which was claimed in another state and entered to race in this State remains subject to the conditions of the claiming regulation in the state where the claim was made until those conditions expire.

 (. Not with standing information printed in the program or other racing publications, the claimant is solely responsible for determining the horse’s: (1) Age; (2) Breeding; (3) Physical condition; (4) Racing record; and (5) Sex.

 Definitions (. In this chapter, the following terms have the meanings indicated.

General. (. Except as provided in §A(14) of this regulation, the following acts are prohibited if committed on the grounds of a facility under the jurisdiction of the Commission, if they affect a race conducted live in the State, or if they affect the betting on a race in this State: (1) Offering, promising, giving, accepting, or soliciting a bribe in any form, directly or indirectly, to or by a person having any connection with the outcome of the race; (2) Entering, or knowingly aiding and abetting in the entering of, a horse ineligible or unqualified to race; (3) Participating in any improper, corrupt, or fraudulent act or practice in relation to racing; (4) Causing, attempting to cause, or any participation in an attempt to cause the prearrangement of a race result; (5) Soliciting bets on a horse from the public by a licensee either by correspondence or other methods; (6) Using or possessing a battery, buzzer, electrical device, or other appliance, other than an ordinary whip, which could be used to alter the speed or racing condition of a horse in a race or workout; (7) Using profane, abusive, or insulting language to employees of the Commission, employees of a facility under the jurisdiction of the Racing Commission, or the public; (8) Being in an intoxicated state; (9) Fighting or other conduct of a disorderly nature; (10) Using or possessing a deadly weapon; (11) Committing or participating in the commission of a criminal act; (12) Violating a regulation or condition of the Commission or aiding or abetting a person in the violation of a regulation or condition of the Commission; (13) Failing to comply with an order or ruling of a steward, judge, or other racing official pertaining to a racing matter; (14) Cruelty to a horse wherever committed; (15) Tampering, or attempting to tamper, with a horse for any purpose; (16) Transferring, or attempting to transfer, the ownership of a horse for a purpose other than its legitimate sale or lease; (17) Registering a horse under the name of a person other than the legitimate owner or lessee of the horse; (18) Making false or misleading statements to a racing official or submitting false or misleading statements on a license application; (19) Except as otherwise provided in this regulation, using or possessing, actually or constructively, any of the following items: (a) A drug, or (b) A hypodermic needle, hypodermic syringe, or other device which could be used for injection; (20) Using or possessing the ingredients or the paraphernalia associated with the forced feeding to a horse of a combination of baking soda and sugar, or a form of sugar, or administrating a substance by tubing within 24 hours of a racing program in which a horse is scheduled to race; (21) The possession or administration of Erythropoietin or any analogous substance that increases the oxygen carrying capacity of the blood; and (22) Failing to report the knowledge of a violation of this regulation to the stewards, judges, or the Commission.

 (. The use or possession of the items listed in §A(19)(a) and (b) of this regulation is permissible if the: (1) Item is possessed or used for a legitimate purpose by a licensed veterinarian; (2) Item is possessed or used pursuant to a valid prescription or order from a medical practitioner while acting in the course of the practitioner’s professional practice; or (3) Stewards or judges, in their discretion, grant permission authorizing the possession or use of the item.

(. The use of a shockwave therapy device is prohibited unless: (1) The device is registered with the Commission Veterinarian; (2) The device is used by a licensed veterinarian; (3) The device is used on a horse at least 10 days before the horse participates in a race; and (4) Each use of the device is reported to the stewards on a daily medication report as provided in COMAR and and (4).

Drug Prohibition - Horses. (. An individual may not administer, cause to be administered, participate, or attempt to participate in any way in the administration of a drug to a horse (1) During the 24-hour period before the scheduled post time for the first race of the program in which the horse is to participate; and (2) Until after the race in which the horse is programmed to participate is run.

 (. Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, no substance of any kind may be administered to a horse within 2 hours of the scheduled post time for the race in which the horse is entered.

 (. A horse participating in a race may not carry a drug in its body.

 (. The presence in the post-race urine, blood or other sample taken from a horse is prima facie evidence that the: (1) Horse was administered a drug and carried the drug in its body during the race; and (2) Drug was administered by the person or persons having control, care, or custody of the horse.

 (. Trainer Responsibility. A trainer is the absolute insurer of, and responsible for, the condition of each horse the trainer enters in a race, regardless of the acts of third parties.

 (. Enforcement. (1) The stewards or judges may order the: (a) Post-race taking of urine, blood, or other samples for testing purposes from any horse which participated in a race; (b) Denial, forfeiture, and prompt return of a purse, sweepstakes, trophy, or any other reward received by the owner of a horse found to have carried a drug in its body during a race; (c) Redistribution of the items denied, forfeited, and returned, resulting from the disqualification of a horse found to have carried a drug in its body during a race, to those owners whose horses were advanced by the disqualification.(2) If the stewards or judge’s order a disqualification due to a horse having carried a drug in its body during a race, they shall issue a ruling announcing the disqualification.

(. Repeat Violations. An individual guilty of violating this regulation, or a comparable regulation of another racing jurisdiction, for the second time is considered a repeat offender, and the stewards, judges, or the Commission shall weigh this factor in determining a sanction.

Search and Seizure. (. The stewards, judges, or designated Commission representatives have the right to enter into or upon the buildings, stables, rooms, automobiles, or any other place within the grounds of a facility under the jurisdiction of the Commission for the purposes of examining them, as well as the personal property and effects of a licensee contained there for the purpose of searching for, and the seizure of, items that constitute evidence of a violation of this chapter.

(. An individual who has been granted a license by the Commission, by accepting the license, consents to a search and seizure as provided in §A of this regulation.

(. A licensee who refuses to permit a search may be disciplined.

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 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 §C 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.

 (. 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 (2) In the official program contains past performance lines, each past performance line shall indicate if the horse was administered; (a) Lasix. Equine Specimen Testing.

(. The stewards or judges may designate a horse entered in a race to give blood or urine sample, or both, before or following the race.

Engagements and Transfers (. In Maryland, if a horse is sold by private treaty or at public auction, or claimed out of claiming race (unless the conditions of the claiming race stated otherwise), it is considered to be transferred with all its engagements. The written acknowledgment of both parties is necessary to prove otherwise.

(. A horse may not be allowed to race unless it has been lip tattooed by the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau (TRPB). For good cause, the stewards or judges may waive this requirement if the horse is otherwise properly identified. However, the horse shall be tattooed thereafter within a time set by the stewards or judges.

(. To compete in a race, a horse shall be eligible at the time of starting for that race.

(. Published  workouts. (1) A horse which has never raced or has not started for a period of 60 days or more may not be permitted to start unless it has a published workout at a distance acceptable to the stewards within 45 days of starting. If a horse worked, but through no fault of the trainer the workout does not appear in the past performances, the horse shall be permitted to race and the correct workout and date announced on the public address system. (2) When a horse is stabled at an approved stable area or training center and the trainer works the horse, the trainer shall make a notarized statement to the stewards as to when, where, and the time for the distance the horse worked, and the work shall be announced on the public address system. If it is not the practice of the trainer to work a particular horse he shall make a notarized statement to the stewards as to how the horse is brought up to a race, and this information will be made public by notation on the official program of the racing association or by public address announcement if this information is received after the program is printed.

 License Badges (. A licensed individual who enters a stable area which is under the jurisdiction of the Maryland Racing Commission shall wear upon the individual’s outside apparel, in a prominent position, the license badge issued to the individual by the Commission, which contains the individual’s picture identification.

Owners (. Multiple ownership. Forms of multiple ownership shall be duly licensed by the Commission before being allowed to start a horse.

Safety Equipment (. An individual, astride a horse or pony on the grounds of a facility under the jurisdiction of the Maryland Racing Commission, shall wear a: (. Safety helmet which is designed to adequately protect the head from injury; and (. Safety vest which is equal to or exceeds the requirements set forth in Regulation .21-1 of this chapter.

(. Substitute and assistant trainers. If a trainer is to be absent from the track where his horses are participating in races, he shall obtain a licensed trainer to substitute for him during his absence. The substitute trainer shall be approved by the board of stewards upon forms approved by the Racing Commission. The original trainer is the absolute insurer of the horse he has entered. The substitute trainer will then become the absolute insurer of any additional horses he may enter.

 (. Any trainer or owner who harbors anyone not provided with a Maryland occupational license shall be immediately reported to the stewards, so they may make investigation thereof and take appropriate action as they deem necessary, if any, as provided under Regulation .45V.

 Worker’s Compensation (. A person applying for a license who employs one or more individuals in a racing related activity shall have Workers’ Compensation insurance as required by Maryland law unless the applicant’s sole employee is a spouse.

(. An applicant for a license under §A of this regulation shall list the following on the license application: (1) Name of the insurance company; (2) Name of the agent; (3) Policy number; and (4) Policy expiration date.

(. A licensee shall notify the Commission in writing, not less than 5 days before the effective date, of: (1) A change to the information furnished under §B of this regulation; (2) The cancellation of the policy; or (3) The nonrenewal of the policy.

(. A licensee, not employing one or more individuals in a racing-related activity when the licensee applied for a license, but who subsequently becomes the employer of one or more of these individuals, shall immediately: (1) Obtain the required insurance coverage; and (2) Furnish the Commission licensing office with the information required under §B of this regulation.


The Mid Atlantic racing states have joined together to implement a uniform medication and drug testing program.

The following new rules and procedures are effective as of January 1, 2014 in Maryland.

1. Salix® (furosemide), pursuant to Commission supervised administration, is the only medication that can be administered to a horse within 24 hours of its race.

2. The administration of any adjunct medication within 24 hours of a horse’s race is strictly forbidden.

3. There is a new medication category called Controlled Therapeutic Substances.  This category contains a list of 24 therapeutic medications that have been recognized as necessary in the routing treatment of illness or injury in the horse.  Withdrawal time guidance and uniform laboratory detection thresholds for these medications are being provided as a safe harbor for horsemen.  You are strongly encouraged to restrict your use of medications to those on the Controlled Therapeutic Substances list, which will be amended from time-to-time.

PLEASE NOTE - All horses used in the administration studies exceeded 1,000 lbs.  When dosing a horse smaller than 1,000 lbs., trainers and veterinarians may need to consider decreasing the total dose or increasing the time of dosing prior to racing.

4. Although five nonsteriodial anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are contained on the Controlled Therapeutic Substances list - diclofenac, firocoxib, flunixin, ketoprofen,  phenylbutazone - they should not be used in combination and only one of these NSAIDs may be present in a post-race sample.

5 It is recognized that there are medications that may be used in the treatment of illness or injury in the horse that are not on the Controlled Therapeutic Substances List and for which no treatment guidance or uniform testing levels are provided.  Horsemen and veterinarians are strongly cautioned to withdraw a horse from racing for a sufficient period of time after the administration of a medication not on the Controlled Therapeutic Substances list to ensure against a positive drug test.  Substances that do not affect the organ systems of a horse such as antibiotics, antimicrobials, vaccines, etc. (except for procaine penicillin and levamisole) are not prohibited and are not the subject of testing.

6. Clenbuterol may not be administered to a horse within 14 days of its next race.

7. No intra-articular corticosteroid may be administered to a horse within 7 days of its next race.  Administration of a total dose of 100 mg methylprednisolone acetate (Depo Medrol®) in one articular space will take approximately 21 days for the drug to fall below the testing detection level in plasma.  For this and other reasons, we strongly caution against the use of Depo Medrol® in the racing horse for at least 21 days prior to its race.

8. During 2014, a new penalty system designed to identify and penalize those who incur multiple medication violations will be implemented.  Each medication violation will incur points.  Medication violations in the Controlled Therapeutic Substances category will be identified as Controlled Therapeutic violations and not “positive tests” and these violations will have a lesser point value.  Violations for drugs and medications not on the Controlled Therapeutic Substances list will incur double points.  Trainers risk additional mandatory suspensions if they reach the points thresholds established under the model rule for multiple medication infractions.


Effective January 1, 2014, the administration of Salix® (furosemide), to a horse on race-day will be by a Maryland Racing Commission designated veterinarian and according to the following rules and procedures:

1. The only medication allowed to be administered to a horse within 24 hours of its race is Salix® (furosemide).

2. The administration of any adjunct medication within 24 hours of the horse’s race is strictly forbidden.

3. The primary change from the current practice in the administration of Salix® to a horse is that a Commission designated veterinarian who does not practice on the grounds will be administering Salix®.

4. All horses shall be administered Salix® on the grounds of the operating racetrack in their assigned stall.

5. All horses declaring the use of Salix® must be on the grounds of the operating track at least 4 hours prior to post time for their race.

6. Trainers or their representative not requesting the use of Salix® shall declare their horse off of Salix® at the time of entry.

7. Trainers or their representative are responsible to contact and inform the Salix® Clerk at the operating track the dosage of Salix® their horse is to receive.

8. The Salix® Clerk will prepare a list of all horses scheduled to receive Salix®, their dosage and their location at the operating racetrack.

9. The Veterinarian designated to administer Salix® will identify the horse by its tattoo number, record the dosage and time of administration for each horse treated and make a written report to the Stewards and the State Veterinarian.

10. Trainers are responsible for having their representative present and available when the designated Veterinarian arrives to treat their horse.

11. If the Veterinarian designated to administer Salix® cannot locate a horse for treatment or the trainers  representative, the Veterinarian will contact the stewards and relay the information.

12. Consistent with current practice, it is recommended that a horse receive Salix® 4 hours prior to its race, at a dosage between 2 cc’s and 10 cc’s.  Salix® will be administered IV only.

13.  Under no circumstance will Salix® be permitted to be administered to a horse within 3 hours of its race.

14. Consistent with current practice, a horse that is entered on Salix® and does not receive Salix® will not be permitted to run.

15. The State Veterinarian will continue to be responsible for determining a horses’ eligibility for the use of Salix® and also obtaining and verifying the proper documentation for a first-time Salix® horse.

Equine Injury Database

In consideration of the acceptance of a nomination of any horse to any race described in this condition Book, the owner(s) and trainer of such horse consent to the collection of information related to any equine injury occurring at the Laurel Racing Assoc. Inc. (“Laurel”) or  The Maryland Jockey Club of Baltimore City, Inc. (“Pimlico”) or Bowie Training Center (“Bowie”) to such horse and entry of said information into a database maintained by The Jockey Club (the “Equine Injury Database”). Said owner(s) and trainer further agree to indemnify, release, hold harmless and covenant not to sue The Stronach Group and the Laurel Racing Assoc. Inc. (“Laurel”), The Maryland Jockey Club of Baltimore City, Inc. (“Pimlico”), and Bowie Training Center (“Bowie”),any state or track-appointed veterinarian collecting such information and The Jockey Club (collectively, the “Indemnified Parties”) from and against any liability, cost, loss, or expense of any kind or nature (including, without limitation, reasonable attorneys’ fees ) arising from any claim, demand, or action (a) alleging that the data entered into the Equine Injury Database (either directly or indirectly ) violates the rights of the owner(s), trainer or any third party, or (b) relating to any equine injury report run, published or otherwise created by any of the Indemnified Parties, including the owners, stewards, directors, officers, employees and agents of any of them (either directly or indirectly).