Vol. 33 Iss. 2 - September 19, 2016

Chapter 140
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: 11VAC10-140. Flat Racing (amending 11VAC10-140-50).

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

Effective Date: October 19, 2016.

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 amendment gives the stewards the authority to allow for horses (plural) not to be saddled in the paddock when deemed necessary, mainly due to safety concerns. This rule change was recommended by the Virginia Racing Commission's Racing Safety and Medication Committee.

11VAC10-140-50. Saddling horses.

The trainer shall be responsible for the saddling of the horse, and in his absence, he must assign an assistant or substitute trainer to saddle each horse entered by him. All horses must be saddled in the paddock unless permission to saddle a horse horses elsewhere has been granted by the stewards.

VA.R. Doc. No. R17-4845; Filed August 23, 2016, 11:56 a.m.