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Rule No.Rule Title
1688Use of Riding Crop.
Rule Text(a) In all races where a jockey will not ride with a riding crop, an announcement shall be made over the public address system of such fact. (b) Although the use of a riding crop is not required, any jockey who uses a riding crop during a race is prohibited from using a riding crop on a horse: (1) on the head, flanks, or on any parts of its body other than the shoulders or hind quarters; (2) during the post parade except when necessary to control the horse; (3) excessively or brutally causing welts or breaks in the skin; (4) when the horse is clearly out of the race or has obtained its maximum placing; (5) persistently even though the horse is showing no response under the riding crop; or (6) more than three times in succession without giving the horse a chance to respond before using the riding crop again. (c) Correct uses of the riding crop are: (1) showing horses the riding crop before hitting them; (2) using the riding crop in rhythm with the horse's stride; and (3) using the riding crop as an aid to maintain a horse running straight. NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 19420, 19440 and 19562, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 19440, 19481 and 19562, Business and Professions Code. HISTORY: 1. Amendment filed 6-4-93; effective 7-5-93. 2. Amendment filed 12-23-96; effective 1-22-97. 3. Amendment filed 3-2-15; effective 7-1-15.

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