Vol. 31 Iss. 18 - May 04, 2015

Chapter 160
Final Regulation

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

Title of Regulation: 11VAC10-160. Steeplechase Racing (amending 11VAC10-160-30, 11VAC10-160-100).

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

Effective Date: May 1, 2015.

Agency Contact: David S. Lermond, Jr., Regulatory Coordinator, Virginia Racing Commission, 5707 Huntsman Road, Suite 201-B, Richmond, VA 23250, telephone (804) 966-7404, or email


The amendments clarify and update the provisions regarding jockey overweights and remounting a horse after a fall consistent with the Rules of Racing of the National Steeplechase Association.

11VAC10-160-30. Overweights.

If the overweight is more than one pound, the jockey shall declare the amount of the overweight to the clerk of scales no later than 45 60 minutes before post time. If the overweight exceeds 10 pounds, a substitute jockey must be named, except that an amateur jockey may carry more than 10 pounds of overweight. No rider may carry more than 195 pounds in a race.

11VAC10-160-100. Remounting after fall.

Any horse losing its rider during the running of a race may not be remounted by its jockey in any part of the same field or enclosure in which the mishap occurred. If the loose horse leaves the field, then it must be returned to the field where the mishap occurred before resuming the course.

VA.R. Doc. No. R15-4287; Filed April 17, 2015, 2:54 p.m.