Beginning December 26, 2018, horses that are not microchipped will be ineligible to enter.
The complete text for each new or amended rule can be found on the CHRB website under RULES AND LAW and scrolling down to RULES FILED WITH THE SECRETARY OF STATE. Attachment (1) to this letter provides a short summary of each new and amended rule.
It is the responsibility of each racing office to refuse the entry of any horse that does not carry a microchip. Additionally, the inventory and movement tracking system, in order to be accurate, requires that the InCompass Solutions Microchip Module be properly installed and managed.
The main actions that should be taken to ensure full implementation of the rule are shown below:
If questions arise concerning any aspect of the program, do not hesitate to contact Rita Baker at (916) 263-6038.
The following summarizes each new and amended rule:
New Microchip Rules
1597.5 Microchips Required for All Horses on Grounds.
This is the primary new regulation. The second new rule and all of the amended rules are written to be consistent with this primary rule.
1507.6 Tampering with Microchips.
This new rule prohibits any tampering with an implanted microchip without Board approval.
Amended Rules to Ensure Consistency with New Rule 1597.5
Prior to a race, the horse identifier must scan each horse and verify the microchip number. He or she must immediately report any irregularities to the paddock judge and the stewards. If the horse does not carry a microchip or the number cannot be identified and there is no approved waiver in the racing office, the horse shall be scratched.
No horse shall be entered for a race that does not carry a microchip, or has not received a waiver from the stewards.
Amended to be consistent with the previous two amended regulations.
The racing secretary shall record the entry to and exit from the inclosure of every horse within 72 hours of each occurrence, and shall maintain these records in a searchable electronic format that is subject to board approval. Amended to be consistent with Rule 1597.5.
Amended to be consistent with Rule 1597.5.