Earlier this week the SBOANJ reached out to the New Jersey Racing Commission regarding the implementation of the new whipping rule and a possible transition period with written warnings.
The SBOANJ was told that the NJRC staff considered a transition period with written warnings but decided against it. The new whipping rule became effective on October 19, 2020, but the NJRC delayed the implementation of the rule until November 6, 2020, to allow judges time to meet with drivers and explain the requirements of the new rule.
The NJRC stated that the new rule is intended to protect the horses and the staff cannot delay implementation any further. As of November 6, 2020 penalties, which will be determined by the Board of Judges, will be imposed after the judges conduct their hearing.