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58 Pa. Code § 163.251. General provisions.


§ 163.251. General provisions.

 (a)  In claiming races, horses may be claimed in the following manner by the following licensees:

   (1)  A new owner—that is, an individual, partnership, corporation or other authorized racing interests—who has not held an owner’s license in a racing jurisdiction during the prior year is eligible to claim by obtaining an open claiming license from the Commission.

   (2)  To obtain an open claiming license and file an open claim, an eligible individual shall comply with the following procedures:

     (i)   Depositing an amount no less than the minimum claiming price, and sales tax and other applicable charges, at that meet, with the horsemen’s bookkeeper. The amount shall remain on account until a claim is made. In the event of withdrawal of the fund, a license issued under § §  163.51—163.59 will be automatically revoked and terminated.

     (ii)   Securing an owner or authorized racing interest license issued by the Commission. The license will be conditioned upon the making of a claim and will be revoked if no claim is made within 30 racing days after issuance, or if the deposit required under subparagraph (i) is withdrawn prior to completion of a claim.

     (iii)   Naming a trainer licensed by the Commission who will represent him once a claim is made.

   (3)  Persons or other authorized racing interests who have valid Commonwealth owners licenses and have horses stabled at an approved stabling area may claim horses at any horse race meet held in this Commonwealth by complying with the claiming rules enumerated in this section and § §  163.252—163.264, 163.266—163.268 and 163.270. Approved Commonwealth stabling areas are: Pocono Downs Race Track, Commodore Downs Race Track, Keystone Race Track, Penn National Race Track, Garden State Race Track and any approved farm located in this Commonwealth.

   (4)  Individuals, or other authorized racing interests who have a valid Commonwealth owners license and do not presently have horses stabled in an approved Commonwealth stabling area do not qualify for an open claiming license; they may claim only by starting a horse at the meet where the authorized racing interest wishes to claim.

 (b)  [Reserved].

 (c)  A person may not claim more than one horse in any one race.

 (d)  An authorized agent, although representing several owners, may not submit more than one claim for any one race.

 (e)  A person or other authorized racing interest may not claim his own horse or cause his horse to be claimed directly or indirectly for his account.

 (f)  An owner whose stable has been eliminated by claiming shall have the right to claim during the remainder of the meeting at which his stable was eliminated. If a 30-day period as referred to in § §  163.254 and 163.255 (relating to starting of claimed horses; and sale and transfer of claimed horses) should extend into the next succeeding meeting, the owner shall obtain a certificate from the stewards of the meeting at which he lost his last horse and shall present the certificate to the stewards when filing a claim at the next meeting. Stables eliminated by fire or other hazards may be eligible to claim under this subsection, at the discretion of the stewards.


   The provisions of this §  163.251 amended through February 19, 1982, effective February 20, 1982, 12 Pa.B. 797. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (60174) to (60175).

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