Raceday rules protect our athletes:
To prevent unsound horses from being entered in claiming races (a race in which each starter is available to be “claimed” for a set purchase price), California implemented a rule voiding claims for any horse placed on the Veterinarian’s List following a race.
CHRB rules prohibit pregnant mares from running after 120 days of gestation.
California has the toughest rule in the country governing how jockeys may use their riding crop and the rule is strictly enforced. Only padded riding crops are allowed, and jockeys may only strike a horse three times before giving the horse a chance to respond.