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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 11. Gaming
Agency 10. Virginia Racing Commission
Chapter 70. Stewards

11VAC10-70-60. Duties.

In addition to the duties necessary and pertinent to the general supervision, control and regulation of race meetings or satellite facilities, the stewards shall have the following specific duties:

1. Causing investigations to be made in all instances of possible violations of federal laws, state laws, local ordinances and regulations of the commission;

2. Being present within the enclosure at a race meeting no less than 90 minutes before post time of the first race and remaining until 15 minutes after the last race is declared "official";

3. Being present in the stewards' stand during the running of all races at race meetings;

4. Administering examinations for applicants applying for permits as trainers, jockeys, apprentice jockeys or farriers to determine the applicants' qualifications for the permits;

5. Determining the identification of horses;

6. Determining eligibility of horses for races restricted to Virginia breds;

7. Determining eligibility of a horse or person to participate in a race;

8. Supervising the taking of entries and the drawing of post positions;

9. Approving or denying requests for horses to be excused from racing;

10. Locking the totalizator at the start of the race so that no more pari-mutuel tickets may be sold;

11. Determining alleged violations of these regulations in the running of any race through their own observation or by patrol judges and posting the "inquiry" sign when there are alleged violations;

12. Determining alleged violations of these regulations in the running of any race brought to their attention by any participant and posting the "objection" sign when there are alleged violations;

13. Causing the "official" sign to be posted after determining the official order of finish for the purposes of the pari-mutuel payout;

14. Reviewing the video tapes of the previous day's races and determining the jockeys who should review the films for instructional purposes;

15. Making periodic inspections of the facilities within the enclosure at race meetings, including but not limited to the stable area, paddock, and jockeys' room;

16. Reporting their findings of their periodic inspections of the facilities to the commission;

17. Filing with the commission a written daily report during race meetings. Such report shall contain a detailed written record of all questions, disputes, protests, complaints or objections brought to the attention of the stewards, a summary of any interviews relating to these actions, copies of any rulings issued by the stewards, and any emergency actions taken and the basis for the actions;

18. Submitting to the commission after the conclusion of the race meeting a written report setting out their findings on the conduct of the race meeting, the condition of the facilities and any recommendation for improvement that they deem appropriate; and

19. Imposing any of the following penalties on a licensee, participant or permit holder for a violation of these regulations:

a. Issue a reprimand;

b. Assess a fine;

c. Require forfeiture or redistribution of a purse or award;

d. Place a permit holder or participant on probation with or without conditions;

e. Suspend a permit holder or participant with or without conditions;

f. Revoke a permit;

g. Exclude from the grounds under the jurisdiction of the commission; or

h. Any combination of the above.

Statutory Authority

§ 59.1-369 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR662-03-03 § 6, eff. September 26, 1991; amended, Virginia Register Volume 14, Issue 11, eff. March 19, 1998; Volume 22, Issue 26, eff. September 4, 2006; Volume 22, Issue 25, eff. November 4, 2006.

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