Sunday, 23 April 2023 14:45

Directive No. 203-2023 — All Breeds

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The Rules Governing Horse Racing in Alberta are AMENDED as follows:

Chapter 2: Licensing Rules \ Part 1 Racing Officials: Designation and Licensing, Division 1 Director, Regulatory & Supervisor of Racing, Assistant Director, Regulatory & Supervisor of Security and Investigations, Judges/Stewards, Security Investigators and Official Veterinarian

The following rules are AMENDED to read:

4 g Director, Regulatory & Supervisor of Racing Appointment

(1) As soon as practicable after January 1 each year, *Horse Racing Alberta must appoint an individual as *Director, Regulatory & Supervisor of Racing.

(2) A person may not be appointed as *Director, Regulatory & Supervisor of Racing unless that person holds or is eligible to hold a licence as a judge or steward.

(3) The appointment of *Director, Regulatory & Supervisor of Racing expires on December 31 of the calendar year of appointment, unless *Horse Racing Alberta otherwise directs.

5 g Director, Regulatory & Supervisor of Racing Responsibilities

(1) The *Director, Regulatory & Supervisor of Racing is responsible for

(a) the supervision of the *judges/stewards board at *race meetings, and

(b) any other duties assigned by *Horse Racing Alberta.

(2) In addition to the other authority given to the *Director, Regulatory & Supervisor of Racing under these and any other rules, the Director has the same authority as a judge, steward and judges/stewards board.

6 g Assistant Director, Regulatory & Supervisor of Security and Investigations Appointment

(1) As soon as practicable after January 1 each year, *Horse Racing Alberta must appoint an individual as *Assistant Director, Regulatory & Supervisor of Security and Investigations.

(2) The appointment of *Assistant Director, Regulatory & Supervisor of Security and Investigations expires on December 31 of the calendar year of appointment, unless *Horse Racing Alberta otherwise directs.

7 g Assistant Director, Regulatory & Supervisor of Security and Investigations responsibilities

(1) The *Assistant Director, Regulatory & Supervisor of Security and Investigations is responsible for

(a) the supervision of the *security investigators at *race meetings, and

(b) any other duties assigned by *Horse Racing Alberta and

(c) any duties assigned by the *Director, Regulatory & Supervisor of Racing.

(2) In addition to the other authority given to the *Assistant Director, Regulatory & Supervisor of Security and Investigations under these and any other rules, the *Assistant Director, Regulatory & Supervisor of Security and Investigations has the same authority as a judge, steward and judges/stewards board.

8 g Licensing of Judges/Stewards

As soon as practicable after January 1 each year, *Horse Racing Alberta must grant a licence to a sufficient number of individuals as a judge or steward, or as a judge and steward, and may, in its discretion, suspend, revoke or reinstate the licence.

9 g Judges/Stewards Boards

(1) As circumstances require, *Horse Racing Alberta must establish one or more

(a) *judges boards, and

(b) *stewards board

(2) A *judges board or *stewards board constituted under subsection (1) is disestablished on December 31 of the calendar year for which it was constituted, unless *Horse Racing Alberta otherwise directs.

10 g Judges/Stewards Board responsibilities

(1) A *judges/stewards board

(a) represents *Horse Racing Alberta at *race meetings;

(b) on behalf of *Horse Racing Alberta, may grant or deny applications for a licence, subject to any conditions or limitations imposed by these or any other rules or by *Horse Racing Alberta;

(c) must report to *Horse Racing Alberta

(i) *violations of the *Act, violations of these or *other rules, and violations of the conditions of any licence, and

(ii) the action taken as a result of the violation;

(d) must provide to *Horse Racing Alberta any other report it requires;

(e) may provide any further report to *Horse Racing Alberta the *judges/stewards board considers necessary in the circumstances.

(2) In addition to any other function or responsibility given to them by these and other rules, a *judges/stewards board is responsible for

(a) regulating and governing

(i) the conduct of all horse racing, including entries and scratches from a *race;

(ii) the conduct of other *racing officials at or associated with a race meeting;

(iii) the conduct of *racing participants at or associated with a race meeting;

(iv) the conduct of all other persons employed or engaged to carry out functions at or associated with a race meeting;

(b) exercising jurisdiction in a fair and impartial manner;

(c) enforcing track rules and conditions.

11 g Judges/Stewards board decision making

(1) Questions to be decided by a *judges/stewards board are to be decided by a majority vote.

(2) If there is no majority, the most senior *judge/steward or the *Director, Regulatory & Supervisor of Racing , as the Director determines, must give a casting vote.

(3) If a *judges/stewards board delegates its authority to one member of the board, subsections (1) and (2) do not apply.

12 g Specific authority of a judges/stewards board

(1) A *judges/stewards board may, for any reason it considers sufficient,

(a) refuse the declaration or entry of a horse for a *horse race;

(b) substitute a jockey or driver they select on a horse;

(c) temporarily place a horse in the charge of a *trainer they select;

(d) excuse a horse from starting in a horse race;

(e) after consultation with a *licensed operator, horsemen’s representatives, jockey or driver representatives, and the *official veterinarian, cancel or postpone a *race card;

(f) fill any temporary vacancy of a *racing official;

(g) issue any order, direction or ruling considered necessary.

(2) In matters within their jurisdiction, an order, direction, or ruling issued by a *judges/stewards board takes precedence over an order or direction issued by or on behalf of a licensed operator.

13 g Licensing of Security Investigators

As soon as practicable after January 1 each year, *Horse Racing Alberta must grant a licence to a sufficient number of individuals as a *security investigator, and may, in its discretion, suspend, revoke or reinstate the licence.

14 g Security Investigators responsibilities

(1) A *security investigator

(a) represents *Horse Racing Alberta at *race meetings;

(b) must report to *Horse Racing Alberta *Assistant Director, Regulatory & Supervisor of Security and Investigations

(i) *violations of the *Act, violations of these or *other rules, and violations of the conditions of any licence, and

(ii) the action taken as a result of the violation;

(c) must provide to *Horse Racing Alberta any other report it requires;

(d) may provide any further report to *Horse Racing Alberta the *security investigator considers necessary in the circumstances.

(2) In addition to any other function or responsibility given to them by the *Director, Regulatory & Supervisor of Racing, *Assistant Director, Regulatory & Supervisor of Security and Investigations, *judges or stewards, these and other rules, a *security investigator is responsible for

(a) Walking the barn area several times a day, looking for any activities that are against the rules of *Horse Racing Alberta and the local racetrack or opposing the best interests of horse racing.

(b) Performing barn searches and inspections as directed.

(c) Being attentive to all complaints and concerns of horsemen and horse women.

(d) Being aware of current stabling arrangements.

(e) Conducting surveillance of the paddock and test barn area during race days.

(f) Being in constant communication with racetrack operation security.

(g) Look at all license applications and perform necessary checks where required.

(h) Ensure all personnel entering the restricted areas of the racetrack have a current *Horse Racing Albert licence or have been signed in by an *Horse Racing Alberta licensee.

(i) Drug test all jockeys, valets, drivers and gate crew before starting a new race season and perform random drug testing on the former licensees throughout race meets.

(j) Perform random drug/alcohol testing on all racing participants on a monthly basis.

(k) Perform drug/alcohol tests based on cause.

(l) Enter all drug/alcohol test data into computers.

(m) Order all necessary supplies for drug/alcohol testing.

(n) Deliver all samples to the lab and follow up on results.

(o) Oversee all aspects of breathalyzer testing.

(p) Keep a log on daily activities and report to *Assistant Director, Regulatory & Supervisor of Security and Investigations.

(q) Write a monthly report about your daily activities to the *Assistant Director, Regulatory & Supervisor of Security and Investigations.

(r) Send all drug testing documentation to the *Assistant Director, Regulatory & Supervisor of Security and Investigations.

15 g Inspection, searches and seizure authority

The *Director, Regulatory & Supervisor of Racing, *Assistant Director, Regulatory & Supervisor of Security and Investigations, *security investigators, and each judge and steward is hereby designated as a *racing official who may

(a) carry out inspections and other functions and duties under section 16(1) of the *Act;

(b) carry out searches and seizures under section 17(1) of the *Act

(c) conduct investigations and hearings under section 18(1) of the *Act.

Dated in the City of Edmonton
in the Province of Alberta
this 20th day of April 2023.

Kent Verlik, Chief Executive Officer
HORSE RACING ALBERTA

 

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