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Whip rules broken
at Calder breeze-up

NEW regulations regarding whip use have led to nine consignors receiving fines of $500 per infraction after Fasig-Tipton's breeze-up sale at Calder earlier this month. The number of individual violations was not disclosed by the sales company, but Terence Collier, director of marketing, indicated several of them were committed by one rider.

The guidelines state that from the furlong pole to the finish line, riders must not strike a horse behind the girth and must keep both hands on the reins, and they are also prohibited from hitting a horse in any manner after the finish line. However, riders are allowed to use the whip in front of the girth when safety is at stake. Collier told the Blood-Horse that at least three-quarters of the violations occurred after the finish line.

Of the infractions, Collier said: "They were notparticularly blatant, but we feel like they were identifiable infractions, and we have no option but to invoke the rule and levy a fine. It was a very satisfactory exercise, and we were very pleased with the consignors and their cooperation."

Last month, the Ocala Breeders' Sales company fined four consignors for five whip use infractions after the OBS February breeze-up sale. There have been no reported fines after the Barretts March Sale, held last week.

The OBS sale was the first conducted under the new policy, which all the major US sales companies have agreed to uphold.

It also includes more stringent medication regulations - notably a ban on exogenous anabolic steroids within 45 days of sale - as well as restrictions on types of horseshoes and a ban on certain practices designed to improve a horse's appearance or performance, including shock wave therapy and "any invasive practice which intentionally conceals a material defect or chronic lameness".

 

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