ident shall preside at all meetings of the Club ; shall act as Judge
in all races of the Club, assisted by two Vice-Presidents ; no shall
appoint two Distance Judges ; and shall have power to appoint all
officers of the day necessary to fill the places of absentees.
In the absence of the President, the first Vice-President shall
preside ; and in his absence, the second Vice-President shall pre-
The presiding Judge, whether the President or one of the Vice-
Presidents, shall decide which horse wins a heat ; but, should he
be unable to decide, he shall call for the opinion of his assistants,
and the majority shall govern.
The Judges shall keep their stand clear of any intrusion during
the pendency of a heat; see that the riders are dressed in jockey
style; instruct the riders before starting; and procltrtrK from the
stand the time and result of each heat and the result of the race.
They shall decide all disputes, and from their decision there shall
be no appeal ; they shall receive no evidence of foul riding, except
from the officers of the day.
The President, or either Vice-President, shall be authorized to
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call a meeting of the Club whenever he may deem it proper, or
upon the written requisition of fifteen members of the Club.
IV. Secretary. â The Secretary shall attend the Judges on each
day's race ; keep a book in which he shall record the names of the
members, the Rules of the Club, the proceedings of each meeting,
and the entries of horses for each day's race ; he shall keep an ac-
count of each day's race, and shall publish the result in one news-
paper published in New Orleans. He shall see that the riders are
weighed before starting in the race, and after each heat. It shall
also be his duty to see that the horses start with and bring in their
V. Treasurer. â The Treasurer shall collect the subscriptions of
members, employing assistance for that purpose when necessary.
He shall pay out no money except when ordered by the Club, or,
in the recess of the Club, by the Executive Committee.
VI. Stewards. â The Stewards shall attend on the Course, pre-
serve order, clear the track, keep the crowd from the horses when
returning to the stand after the close of each heat, exercise vigil-
ance to prevent disorder and detect foul riding. They may call to
their aid such assistance as they may deem necessary on extraor-
dinary occasions ; and, in the absence of the President and Vice-
Presidents, shall appoint Judges for the day from among the mem-
bers. On the track, during the race, they shall be designated by
a red badge. The police of the Course shall be under their
VII. Ladies' Committee. â ^The Ladies' Committee shall receive
ladies visiting the Course at the door of their carriages, and escort
them to the ladies' stand ; and shall attend to their comfort while
on the track. They shall be designated by a white badge.
VIII. Patrol Judges. â It shall be the duty of the Patrol
Judges, preceding each heat, to repair to the places designated by
the President, see there is no foul riding, and, after the heat, im-
mediately to repair to the stand and make their report ; before
which report the heat shall not be decided.
IX. Distance Judges. â During the heats, the Distance Judges
shall remain in the distance stand. At the termination of each
heat, they shall repair to the Judges' stand, and report the horse
or horses that may be distanced, and any foul riding they may
X. Membership. â Members of the Club shall pay |50 a year,
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payable $25 at each race-meeting. No badge shall be delivered
until paid for. No gentleman shall be admitted in the members'
or ladies' stand, except as hereinafter provided. Any member of
the Club shall have the privilege of introducing at each race-
meeting two non-residents of the State, by procuring a badge of
the Treasurer, which badge shall have printed on it " invitation,"
and have written the name of the wearer and the name of the in-
troducer. The price of the badge shall be $10. All badges shall
be personal, and not transferable under any circumstances. Mem-
bers of the Club shall be elected by ballot, and three blackballs
exclude the appUcant.
XI. Resignation op Members. â Members wishing to resign
shall enclose their resignation to the Treasurer at least ninety days
previous to a race-meeting ; and the names of members not re-
signing, and failing to pay their subscription when applied to, shall
be reported by the Treasurer to the next meeting of the Club.
XII. Postponement, â The President and Vice-President may
postpone a race for a purse, but only in case of bad weather, or
upon some extraordinary occasion.
XIII. Of Persons Expelled from other Courses, â Any person
who has been expelled from a Jockey Club or ruled oflf any Course
will not be permitted to enter a horse for a purse or in a stake ;
nor shall he be permitted to turn, ride, or attend in any capacity a
horse on this Course in any race under the control of this Club.
XIV. Riders. â Two riders from the same stable will not be
permitted to ride in the sameÂ« race, except by consent of the
Judges ; nor shall two horses from the same Stable be allowed to
run in the same race, except in a single-heat race.
XV. Colors, â All riders shall be dressed in jockey costume :
the cap and jacket to be of silk, satin, or velvet ; the breeches of
corduroy or white drilling, with white-topped boots. Gentlemen
who first record their colors with the Secretary shall be entitled to
them, and no one else shall be permitted to ride in them. Gen-
tlemen having recorded their colors shall continue to ride in them
until the record be altered with the Secretary. Jockeys shall not
ride in colors not announced in bills of the day. The Secretary
shall post on the Judges' stand all colors that have been recorded.
XVI. Entries. â All entries of horses to run for a purse shall be
made by a member of the Club, sealed and deposited in a box
(kept for the purpose by the Secretary), before 4 o'clock p. m. of
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the dtiy previous to the race, unless the race of the day be not
finished ; and, in such case, fifteen minutes after the close of the
race. Every entry shall describe the age, name, color, sex, sire,
and dam of the horse, with the owner's name and colors. Any
horse having run under a name, if said name be changed, the
entry shall state the fact the first time of entering after said
change ; and if sire or dam bear a name, said name must be stated.
No entry shall be received after the time specified ; and the box
shall not be opened unless in the presence of two members of
the Association. The place of horses to be determined at starting
as they are drawn from the box.
XVII. Weights. â The following weights, shall be carried, viz.,
two-year-olds, 75 lbs. ; three-year-olds, 90 lbs. ; four year-olds, 104
lbs. ; five-year-olds, 114 lbs ; six-year-olds, 120 lbs.; seven-year-
olds and upwards, 124 lbs. â 3 lbs. allowed to mares and geldings.
In sweepstakes for two-year-olds, they shall carry 84 lbs. If any
horse carry 5 lbs. over his proper weight, it shall be the duty of
the Judges to announce it from the stand. No horse shall be al-
lowed to start in any race carrying more than 5 lbs. overweight.
In making weight, nothing shall be weighed from which a liquid
can be wrung, and nothing shall be weighed off that was not
XVIII. Of Age. â A horse's age shall be reckoned from the first
day of May; that is to say, a colt foaled in the year 1850 shall be
considered one year old on the first day of May, 1851.
XIX. Of Starting. â The horses shall be started by the tap of
the drum, after which there shall be no recall.
XX. False Starts. â When a false start is made, the riders shall
not be allowed to dismount, nor shall any clothing be placed on
any of the horses, and no delay shall be permitted ; but the horses
shall be started as soon as they have arrived at the starting-post.
Horses making a false start shall return to the stand by the near-
est way. Any infringement of this rule shall be punished by not
allowing the party or parties violating it to start in the race.
XXI. Accidents. â If an accident happen to a horse or rider at
the start, the Judges may grant as much delay as there is time
allowed between the heats in the race in which the horses are
about to contend.
XXII. Distanced Horses. â Distances. â All horses whose heads
have not reached the distance stand as soon as the leading horse
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arrives at the winning-post shall be declared distanced. All horses
not bringing out their proper weight, or within two pounds of it,
shall be declared distanced. If any jockey shall ride foul, his
horse shall he declared distanced. Whenever the winner of a
heat is distanced by any default in riding, weight, or otherwise,
the heat shall be awarded to the next best horse.
In heats of one mile, 50 yards shall be a distance ; two miles, 60
yards shall be a distance ; three miles, 80 yards shall be a dis-
tance ; four miles, 100 yards shall be a distance ; one mile, best
three in five, 50 yards shall be a distance.
XXIII. Places of Horses. â The horse to which the track is al-
lotted shall take his place on the inner or left-hand side of the
Course; the others shall take their places on his right, according
to allotment. The winner of a heat shall, at the next start, have
the track ; the others shall take their positions on his right in the
order in which they came out in the previous heat.
XXIV. Winner of a Race.â Dead Heats.â Ruling Out. â In the
race best two in three, ahorse that wins two heats, or distances the
field in one heat, wins the race. In the race best three in five, the
horse that wins three heats or distances the field wins the race.
The horse that first gets his head to the winning-post shall be con-
sidered the wiimer of the heat. In heats best two in three, a horse
not winning one heat in three shall be ruled out ; and in heats best
three in five, a horse not winning one heat in five shall be ruled
out. A dead heat shall be considered a heat, except with the
horses that make it. When a dead heat is made, and the winning
of the heat by any of the horses making the dead heat would have
terminated the race, then the horses making the dead heat only
shall be allowed to start for another heat, and the others in the race
shall be ruled out.
XXY. Duty op Riders. â Riders, after a heat is ended, shall re-
pair to the Judges' stand ; they must not dismount until ordered
by the Judges to dismount, on pain of being distanced ; and then,
with their saddles, shall repair to the scales to be weighed. A
rider thrown, or taken by force from his horse after passing the
winning-post, shall not be considered as having dismounted without
permission of the Judges, and, if disabled, may be carried to the
Judges' stand to be weighed.
XXVI. Bolting. â If any horse shall run from the track into
the liold, he will be declared distanced, although he may come ouc
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ahead, unless he tarn and again enter the Cousse at the point from
tvhich he swerved, or unless the Judges believe he lost ground by
XXVII. Time between Heats. â The time between lieats shall
be twenty minutes for mile heats; thirty minutes for two-mile
heats ; thirty-five minutes for three-mile heats ; forty-five minutes
for four-mile heats ; and twenty-five minutes for mile heats, best
three in five.
XXVIII. Rider Falling. â If a jockey fall from his hors^e
while riding a heat, and another person of sufficient weight ride
him in, he shall be considered as though the jockey had not
fallen, provided he return to the spot where the jockey fell.
XXIX. Foul Riding and Track. â If a horse or rider shall
cross, jostle, or strike another horse or rider, or do anything that
impedes another horse, accidentally or not, it is foul riding, and
the horse that impedes the other shall be adjudged distanced;
and if the Judges are satisfied that the riding was intentionally
foul, or that the rider was instructed so to ride, the party or parties
so offending shall not be allowed to ride, enter, or attend a horse
over this Course in any race under the control of the Club. Al-
though a leading horse is entitled to any part of the track, if he
crosses from the right to the left, or from the inner to the outer
side of the track, when a horse is so near him that, in changing
his position, he compels the horse behind him to shorten his
stride, or if ho causes the rider to pull him out of his stride, it is
foul riding. And if, in passing a leading horse, the track is taken
so soon after getting the lead as to cause the horse passed to
shorten his stride, it is foul riding. All complaints of foul riding
must be made before the horses start in another heat ; and if it
happen on the last heat, then before the Judges leave the stand.
XXX. Collusion. â No compromise or agreement between two
or more persons not to oppose each other, or to run jointly against
any other person or persons, will be permitted. Upon satisfactory
proof of the same being produced before the Judges, they shall de-
clare the horses of such persons distanced ; and the parties so
offending shall be ruled off" the Course.
XXXI. Of Frauds. â Every horse started shall run a bona-fide
race. If any fraud be discovered, and the purse, stakes, or
match-money has been paid, ^he same shall be restored on demand
of the .Judges, and by thorn paid over to the owner of the next
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best horse. If the money be not restored by the illegal holder,
he shall be expelled from the Club, and shall ever thereafter be
ineligible as a member. If not a member of the Club, he shall be
prohibited from ever running a horse over the Course again.
XXXII. Of Forfeits. â A person owing a forfeit in any stake or
match run over, or agreed to be run over, any Course, shall not be
allowed to start a horse for a purse or sweepstakes ; but no charge
that such forfeit is due shall be heard unless before starting. No
horse owned by a person prevented from starting one under the
Rules of the Club shall be allowed to run, though said horse be
entered in another name, or found in another stable. Whenever
the Judges are informed that a person has entered, or caused a
horse to be entered or named in a race, in violation of any rule of
the Club, they shall immediately make an examination of the evi-
dence, so as to enable them to come to a correct decision upon the
XXXIII. Disqualification as to Age â Where there is a doubt
about the age of a horse, the Judges may call in the assistance of
persons in whose knowledge and honesty they have confidence, to
aid them in deciding the question. When a clear case of disquali-
fication is made out, the entrance money is forfeited, and they
shall not allow the horse to start in the race ; but if they have
doubts, they may allow the horse to run, and if he prove a winner,
they shall retain the money or purse, and give the parties sixty
days to procure testimony touching the case. If the disqualifica-
tion is made out, they shall pay the money to the owner of the
horse that was placed second in the race ; and if it is not made
out, they shall pay the money to the owner of the horse that was
placed best in the race.
XXXIV. Of Aids. â No person shall be permitted to strike a
horse with a whip over three feet in length to get him from the
stand in the start, or to assist his speed in the running of a race ;
nor shall any person stand in the track to point out a path for the
rider, under the penalty of expulsion from the Course.
XXXV. Of Decorum. â If any owner, trainer, rider, starter, or
attendant of a horse use improper language to the ofiiccrs on the
Course, or be guilty of improper conduct, the person so offending
shall never be permitted to start, train, ride, turn, or attend a
horse over this Course again in any race under the control of the
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XXXVI. Selling and Drawing. â No person shall be permitted
to draw or sell his horse (if by the sale the horse be drawn) during
the pendency of a race, except with the permission of the Judges,
under penalty of being expelled from the Club.
XXXVII. Sweepstakes and Matches. â Death. â In sweepstakes
or matches, stakes shall be p-ut up or forfeit paid before the riders
are weighed for the race, in the order in which the horses are to
be placed in the start; the order of starting to be determined by
lot. All sweepstakes and matches advertised by the Club are to
be under its control, and governed by its Rules ; and when a stake
has been closed, no nomination shall be changed without the con-
sent of all parties to the stake.
If an entered horse die, or a subscriber entering him die, before
the race, no forfeit shall be required.
XXXVIII. Handicap. â Horses only that have run during the
meeting shall be permitted to start for a handicap purse. No horse
shall be handicapped to carry extra weight ; but, for the purpose
of equalizing the horses, a reduction of the regular weight may be
made. The President, or acting President, shall handicap the
horses, and the weights shall be announced immediately after the
race of the day, previous to the handicap race. Gentlemen de-
signing to start shall, within one hour aft(ir the announcement, de-
posit their entries in tho box.
XXXIX. Cases Unprovided For. â In all matters relating to the
race or running not provided for in these Rules, the Judges for the
day Avill decide and direct according to the best of their judgment
and usages of the turf in such cases.
XL. Quorum. â Fifteen members shall constitute a quorum, ex-
cept for the alteration of Rules, when one-third of the members of
the Club shall be present: and the affirmative vote of two-thirds
of the members present shall be required to adopt any new rule or
to rescind or alter any existing rule.