The New Jersey Racing Commission has announced that it has proposed an amendment to N.J.A.C. 13:71-17.1, which pertains to the starting gate in state harness races
On August 19, 2009, the Racing Commission determined to advertise the proposed rule for public comment. The amendment is the result of a rulemaking petition filed with the Racing Commission by Alan Schott via email dated June 21, 2009.
The proposed amendment to N.J.A.C. 13:71-17.1 will implement a fair start pole which will be erected approximately 200 feet before the start. The fair start pole shall be yellow and protrude at least two feet above the inner rail.
The fair start pole would be used to disqualify a horse from the pari-mutuel wagering pools if the horse has not reached the fair start pole when the starting gate reaches the starting point.
The proposed rule provides an opportunity for bettors to receive a refund of their wagers if a horse they wagered on did not receive a fair start and was disqualified.
The Racing Commission provides for a 60-day comment period on the notice of proposal, which was filed on August 10, 2010 and dated September 7, 2010.
To view the notice in its entirety, click here.
(With files from the NJRC)