Vol. 28 Iss. 13 - February 27, 2012

Chapter 50
Final Regulation

REGISTRAR'S NOTICE: The Virginia Racing Commission is exempt from the Administrative Process Act pursuant to § 2.2-4002 A 17 of the Code of Virginia when promulgating regulations regulating actual live horse racing at race meetings licensed by the commission.

Title of Regulation: 11VAC10-50. Racing Officials (amending 11VAC10-50-60).

Statutory Authority: § 59.1-369 of the Code of Virginia.

Effective Date: March 27, 2012.

Agency Contact: David S. Lermond, Jr., Regulatory Coordinator, Virginia Racing Commission, 10700 Horsemen's Lane, New Kent, VA 23024, telephone (804) 966-7404, FAX (804) 966-7418, or email


The amendment changes the requirement of having at least three patrol judges for Thoroughbred racing to a sufficient number of patrol judges as approved by the commission.

11VAC10-50-60. Patrol judge.

The licensee shall appoint a sufficient number of qualified persons to act as patrol judges for the race meeting. For flat and jump race meetings, the licensee shall appoint at least three patrol judges a sufficient number of patrol judges as approved by the commission, and for Standardbred race meetings, a single patrol judge shall ride in the mobile starting gate. Among the duties of the patrol judge are:

1. Reporting, particularly as to any suspected violation of these regulations, during the running of each race to the stewards through radio or telephone communication;

2. Writing a report of their observations of every race, and documenting all violations of these regulations that they observed during the running of the race. These reports shall be delivered to the stewards at the conclusion of each day of racing;

3. Assisting the stewards in making a determination of an objection, inquiry or protest of the running of a race;

4. Assisting the stewards in making up a list of participants in each race to review the films before the commencement of the next succeeding day of racing; and

5. Notifying the stewards of any objection lodged by a driver after a Standardbred race, and the mobile starting gate shall be positioned so that drivers can promptly lodge objections with the patrol judge.

NOTICE: The following form used in administering the regulation was filed by the agency. The form is not being published; however, online users of this issue of the Virginia Register of Regulations may click on the name to access the form. The form is also available from the agency contact or may be viewed at the Office of the Registrar of Regulations, General Assembly Building, 2nd Floor, Richmond, Virginia 23219.

FORMS (11VAC10-50)

Application for Racing Officials.

Application for Participants (rev. 02/07).

VA.R. Doc. No. R12-3086; Filed February 6, 2012, 3:49 p.m.