CHRB Expands Claim-Void Rule

The rule has been expanded to include horses that bleed from the nostrils.

Daily Racing Form

The California Horse Racing Board has revised the state's claim-void rule.

The California Horse Racing Board on Thursday voted to expand the criteria for which a claim can be voided to include runners that bled from the nostrils.

Currently, claims can be voided for unsoundness, or if a horse suffers a fatality during the running of a race or is euthanized before leaving the racetrack.

Daily Racing Form has reported that the expanded rule to include horses that visibly bleed will take effect in the first few months of 2016, pending a legal review from the state’s office of administrative law.

CHRB equine medical director Rick Arthur said this year that 41 horses were placed on the vet’s list for bleeding through December 1. Arthur added that 27 of those horses ran in claiming races, and four were claimed.

The determination of whether a horse has bled from the nostril will be made by an official veterinarian.

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