In claiming races any horse is subject to be claimed for its entered price by any person who is eligible to claim or by his authorized agent.
Any person is eligible to claim:
A. who is a licensed owner, and in good faith has a horse registered to race at the current meeting or;
B. who is a licensed owner and who loses his last horse through fire, misfortune or claim, may nevertheless claim (if he is otherwise eligible) for 30 racing days after he has lost his last horse. The 30 day racing days may extend from one racing season to the next. A person claiming under this rule is required to establish his eligibility to claim with the stewards and to receive their confirmation in writing prior to making a claim; or
C. who applies for an owner's license and is approved by the stewards may be granted a claim certificate. Consent of a licensed trainer must be provided by the applicant to the stewards. Under no circumstances shall the claim certificate be issued until three full days after the initial application. A license will not be granted until after the claim certificate has been executed.
D. who has not previously had a horse registered to race at the current meeting and purchases a horse registered to race by private sale, provided that a period of 21 calendar days, not including the date of the sale, has elapsed between the date of the private sale and the date of the claim.
The claiming price of each horse in a claiming race shall be the entered claiming price and shall be printed on the day's official program.
A claim may be made by an authorized agent but only for an owner by whom he is authorized to do so.
No claim shall be valid unless the claimant has a credit balance with the horsemen's bookkeeper in an amount sufficient to cover the claim plus any and all taxes applicable.
No person shall claim his own horse or cause his own horse to be claimed directly or indirectly for his own account.
A claim shall, in all cases, represent a bona fide offer by the claimant to buy and of the owner to sell at the claiming price; and the stewards shall fully inquire into any circumstances leading them to believe that this is not so and shall punish violations in such manner as the facts warrant.
No one may claim more than one horse out of any one race.
Only one claim from owners having the same trainer will be allowed in any one race.
No trainer may claim a horse from an owner for whom he trains.
No owner may claim a horse from a trainer with whom he has horses registered to race nor from any other owner with horses registered to race with the same trainer.
If a horse is claimed and its next start is in a claiming race, it must be for a price at least 25% higher unless 14 days has elapsed since the date of the claim, in which case it can start for any price; the 14 days shall not include the say the horse was claimed.
The new owner must obtain the permission of the stewards for any change of equipment desired.
An owner shall not discuss his intention to claim with anyone other than his trainer and a trainer shall not discuss the claiming of any horse in his care with anyone other than the owner.
The intent of the claiming system is to classify horses for racing purposes; and the stewards shall decide when the spirit as well as the intent of the rule is being violated. The stewards may, at their discretion, declare any claim void.
The claim certificate must accompany the claim.
Any person who claims under a claim certificate during a racing season will be subject to rule 116 (2) for all subsequent claims made that season.
Subject to the following provisions of this subsection, a horse must start in the race to which it was entered to be eligible to be claimed:
a horse that is scratched from a claiming race or a horse that started in a claiming race, but is declared ineligible to race by the stewards, shall not be eligible to be claimed;
where a horse drawn to start in any subsequent claiming race,a successful claimant, if any, of the horse in the first race shall have the option of scratching the horse from the subsequent race.
All claims must be made in writing, on forms and in envelopes approved by the Commission. Both the forms and envelopes must be filled out completely and accurately, otherwise the claim will be void. The envelope must be sealed and deposited in a locked box provided for this purpose. No money shall accompany the claim. Each person desiring to make a claim must first deposit with the association the whole amount of the claim, plus all taxes, in cash or by certified cheque, unless at the time of depositing the said claim, he shall have such amount to his credit and unencumbered with the association. The spelling of a horse's name on the official program on the day of claiming shall be considered to be the accurate spelling for the purpose of claiming. When a claim has bee filed it is irrevocable and at the risk of the claimant.
The claim box shall be located in the paddock area under the supervision of the paddock judge. A claim in any race must be deposited in the claim box before the last horse has left the paddock for that race. A horse that returns to the paddock shall be deemed not to be the last horse to have left the paddock.
The paddock judge shall cause all claims to be delivered to the stewards before the running of each race. No money shall accompany the claim.
After the race has been run, all claimed horses shall be transferred to the claimant or his representative in the paddock. A claimed horse, if ordered to the retention area by the stewards, must be accompanied by the claimant or his representative along with the previous owner, the previous trainer or the designated representative of the previous owner who shall be present in the retention area when and until all specimens have been taken from the claimed horse and he shall remain until the sample tag attached to the specimen shall be signed by him as witness to the taking of the specimen. Proper conduct of the testing procedure shall be the responsibility of the chief test inspector. Notwithstanding the responsibility of the chief test inspector, the previous owner, trainer or their representative shall witness the taking of the test and sign the test tag, but their failure to attend or witness shall not invalidate the sample nor prevent the results derived from such test from being accepted as evidence of a positve test.
If more than one person shall enter a claim for the same horse, the disposition of the horse shall be decided by lot and drawn by one of the stewards or his appointee, and the person so determined to have the right of the claim shall become the owner of the horse.
When a horse is claimed at a recognized meeting under rules which are at variance with these rules, title to such horse shall be recognized in Manitoba to follow the rules of the jurisdiction in which the claim was made.
Following a claiming race, when a claim is subsequently declared void for any reason, the horse shall, subject to the discretionary powers conferred on the board of stewars under Rule 151 (2), be returned to the original owner and in the event there had been a drawing by lot for ownership all other claims for the same horse remain null and void.
When the board of stewards or the Commission rule that a claim is invalid and the horse is returned to the original owner:
the amount of the claiming price shall be repaid to the claimant;
any purse monies earned subsequent to the date of the claim and before the date on which the claim is ruled invalid shall, subject to the discretionary powers conferred on the board of stewards under Rule 151 (2), be the property of the claimant; and
the claimant shall be responsible for any reasonable costs incurred through the care, training or racing of the horse while it was in his or her posession.
Any procedural errors by any person other than the claimant shall not automatically invalidate any claim; and the stewards may in their sole discretion invalidate the claim, or uphold the clam and penalize the person committing the procedural error or take any other steps as they deem necessary or just under the circumstances and in compliance with these rules.
Any person refusing to deliver a claimed horse shall be suspended and his case referred to the Commission and such horse shall be disqualified until it is delivered to the purchaser subject to the finding of the Commission.
If the stewards should be of the opinion that any person is claiming a horse for the benefit of another, they may require him to make an affidavit that he is not doing so.
Title to a claimed horse shall vest in the successful claimant from the time the stall doors of a starting gate open in front of such horse, at the time the starter dispatches the horse in a valid start, and the successful claimant shall take possession of the claimed horse according to the rules whether it be alive or dead, sound or unsound or injured during or after the race.
When a claim has been lodged it is irrevocable, and is at the risk of the claimant. The claimant is responsible for determining the sex and age of the horse claimed.
Each horse shall run for the account of the person in whose name it starts.
No person shall attempt by intimidation, discussion or other means to prevent anyone from entering or running a horse in any claiming race.
No person shall offer or enter into an agreement to claim or not to claim or attempt to prevent another person from claiming any horse in a claiming race; nor shall any owner or trainer running horses in any claiming race make any agreement for the protection of his or any other person's horses.
No person or persons shall enter or allow to be entered in a claiming race a horse against which any financial claim is held, either as mortgage, bill of sale or lien of any kind, unless before entering the horse the written consent of the holder of the financial claim shall be filed with the stewards and the racing secretary.
If a filly or mare has been bred, she is ineligible to enter into a claiming race unless the following conditions have been met:
i. full disclosure of this fact is on file with the racing secretary and such information is posted in his office; and
ii. the breeding slip has been deposited with the racing secretary's office (all information contained on the slip to be confidential); and
iii. all payments due for the service in question and and for any live progeny resulting from that service are paid in full; and
iv. the release of the breeding slip to the successful claimant at the time of the claim is guaranteed; or
a licensed veterinarian's certificate dated at least 40 days after the last breeding of that mare or filly is on file with the racing secretary's office stating that the mare or filly is not in foal; or
a licensed veterinarian's certificate stating that the filly or mare has been treated with a medicament to cause it to abort and stating whether the mare or filly has aborted, is on file with the racing secretary's office.
When a horse has been claimed or sold and a urine or other test subsequently discloses that an improper medication or drug was administered and the stewards suspend such horse from racing, such suspension shall remain in effect until it is rescinded by the Commission.