OAR 462-150-0040
Entering for Official Racing; Subscriptions


Before a horse is eligible to race, it must be properly entered into that race by the horse’s licensed owner (unless the horse is leased), lessee, trainer or authorized agent, unless authorized by the stewards for good cause. Telephone entries will be accepted if the person entering the horse is properly identified.


No alteration shall be made in any entry after close of entries, but an error may be corrected. Any correction of an entry must be approved by a steward.


No horse may be entered for more than one race on a single day.


No trainer may enter or start more than two horses in a purse race or overnight race, but may enter more than two horses in a stakes race or high weighted race. Provided, however, in a divided overnight race, a trainer may enter 2 horses in each division. When making a double entry under the same ownership or if the trainer has an ownership interest in either horse, the owner or trainer must express a preference. When a preference system is used, two horses under the same ownership may not start to the exclusion of a single entry except in the case of an “In Today Horse” or a maiden in a winner’s race.


Entries shall be closed at an advertised time, and no entry will be accepted after that time. The racing secretary may postpone the closing of entries for overnight races. If there is an error in carding a race before entries are drawn, the race may be canceled or opened for more entries.


A jockey must be named by the owner or trainer at the time of the entry. At the draw, if a jockey has been named on more than one horse, a preference call must be declared at that time. If the jockey originally named to ride a horse is not available due to the preference call at the draw, the owner or trainer must name another rider, at the draw or prior to scratch time, if such scratch time is provided; otherwise, the stewards may name a rider and that person shall ride the horse.


No horse may be entered to start unless:


It has been properly registered with the appropriate horse registry. If a horse’s name is changed, its new name must be registered with the appropriate horse registry and both its old and new names must be given in every entry list until it has run three races. Both names must be printed on the official program for those three races.


The foal certificate is on file in the office of the racing secretary. The stewards may waive this requirement for horses shipped in from a race track recognized by the Daily Racing Form if the horse is properly identified. However if waived, the foal certificate must be on file with the racing secretary one hour prior to first post of the day, if a photocopy or a facsimile copy of the foal certificate and any epistaxis certificate is on file with the racing secretary by scratch time. In stakes races only, a horse shall be allowed to start without the foal certificate on file, provided that a photocopy or facsimile copy of the foal certificate is on file with the racing secretary, which copy has been forwarded from the race office of a recognized race track which has the original foal certificate on file. The copy of the foal certificate must show the true ownership of the horse.


All ownerships in the horse, except a trainer’s percentage of its winnings, are on file with the racing secretary. All changes in ownership after initial entry must be filed with the racing secretary before a horse may start.


It is clearly identified on the entry form by its age, name, color, sex, and names of its sire and dam. If its dam was covered by more than one stallion, the names of all of them must be given in order of service.


It has been clearly tattooed on the upper lip. The stewards may waive this requirement if the horse has been identified by the tattoo technician, and arrangements have been made to tattoo the horse prior to the race. Tattooing must be done by a person authorized to identify the horse by the appropriate horse registry. Arabians using freeze brands in lieu of tattoos may be entered to race with no freeze brand provided they are branded prior to the race.


It has been fully identified from its papers, and is entered in the name of its true owner(s).


It is in the care of a trainer licensed in Oregon. The stewards may waive this requirement for trainers who were previously licensed in Oregon or are currently licensed in another jurisdiction. However, if waived, the trainer must obtain a trainer’s license before the horse(s) may start.


It has had the required number of official races and/or workouts, including working from the gate and first time starters being gate approved. The stewards may require additional official workouts if they believe they are necessary to enable the public to make a reasonable assessment of the horse’s capabilities, or to ensure that the horse will perform satisfactorily.


It meets the conditions of the race.


It is in sound racing condition.


If leased, a copy of the lease shall be filed, on a prescribed form, with the commission, lessee, lessor, horseman’s bookkeeper, Stewards and a copy attached to the foal certificate.


A horse is ineligible to be entered or to start if:


Any of its recent workouts have not been recorded by the clocker, including the correct time.


It is on the stewards’ list, veterinarian’s list, bleeder’s list, starter’s list, or paddock judge’s list.


Any owner or trainer of the horse has been ruled off the racecourse or is under suspension by the commission, unless the horse is transferred, sold, or its lease agreements abandoned, with approval of the stewards. If a trainer is suspended, any horse owned or trained by the suspended person will be ineligible during the period of the suspension if the horse is transferred to that person’s spouse or a person living at the same residence.


The horse has been placed on the veterinarian’s list, or bleeder’s list, and has not been removed from the list by a commission veterinarian. The commission veterinarian may require saliva, urine, or blood samples, and may require a satisfactory workout, before giving approval.


It has been blocked, nerved or otherwise drugged to desensitize any nerves except in the case of heel nerved, (posterior digital neurectomy) below the fetlock, in only one leg and on approval of a commission veterinarian.
(f) In the case of Thoroughbred horses foaled in 2018 or thereafter, if the horse does not have a “Digital Tattoo”; the stewards may waive these requirements if the information contained on the registration certificate is otherwise available and the horse is otherwise correctly identified to the stewards satisfaction; or it is not fully identified and is tattooed on the inside of the upper lip, is microchipped with a unique microchip (ISO 11784), freeze brand or identified by any other method approved by the appropriate breed registry and the Commission;
(g) It has been fraudulently entered or raced in any jurisdiction under a different name, with an altered registration certificate or altered lip tattoo, microchip ISO 11784, freeze brand or other identification method approved by the breed registry and the Commission;


Entrance Fees and Subscriptions:


The entrance to a race shall be free, unless otherwise stipulated in the conditions of the race. If the conditions required an entrance fee, the fee must accompany the entry, unless waived by the race meet licensee. Payment of entry fees shall be in cash, certified check, or money order.


Entrance and nomination fees may not be refunded, even if the horse dies, is scratched, or fails to start. Entrance fees shall be refunded if the horse is prevented from starting the race through failure of the starting gate to open or if the gate in front of the horse opened late, and the stewards declare the horse to be a non-starter.


Nomination to or entry of a horse in a stakes race cannot be withdrawn after the close of entries. Any subscriber to a stakes race may transfer or withdraw the subscription prior to closing. Joint subscriptions and entries may be made by any one of the joint owners of a horse, and each owner shall be jointly and severally liable for all payments due. Death of a horse, or a mistake in its entry when the horse is eligible, does not release the subscriber or transferee from liability for all stakes due. Death of the original subscriber or nominator to a stakes race shall not render void any subscription, entry or right of entry. All rights, privileges, and obligations shall attach to the successor owner, including the legal representatives of the decedent. When a horse is sold or claimed, stake engagements for the horse shall be transferred automatically with the horse to its new owner, except that if the horse is transferred to a person whose license is suspended or who is otherwise ineligible to race or enter the horse, then the subscription shall be void as of the date of the transfer notwithstanding OAR 462-150-0030 (Claiming Rules)(25).

Source: Rule 462-150-0040 — Entering for Official Racing; Subscriptions, https://secure.­sos.­state.­or.­us/oard/view.­action?ruleNumber=462-150-0040.

Last Updated

Jun. 8, 2021

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