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Rule No.Rule Title
1853Examination Required.
Rule Text(a) The official veterinarian shall examine each horse that is scheduled to race to determine its fitness to start. The horse identifier shall examine each horse to identify such horse from the Board's identification record and the photographs, record of pedigree, tattoo or brand number and such other points of identification as may be available. The horseshoe inspector shall inspect the horseshoes of each horse. No horse shall be eligible to start in a race, and shall be declared by the stewards, if it is found to be unfit to race, not properly identified, or improperly shod. (b) A thoroughbred horse that is not shod is eligible to start in a race if the trainer declares at the time of entry that the horse will race unshod. (1) At the time of entry a trainer shall declare if a thoroughbred horse that raced unshod in its previous start will race shod. (2) Any declaration made under subsections (b) or (b)(1) above shall be noted in the official program, and shall state if the horse will race without horseshoes in the front or back or all around. (3) For the purposes of this regulation “unshod” means running without horseshoes in the front or back or all around. NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 19420 and 19440, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Section 19420 and 19440, Business and Professions Code. HISTORY: 1. Amendment filed 8-04-09; effective 9-03-09.

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