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Registration Rules and Regulations for Arkansas-Bred Thoroughbred Horses

Arkansas Current Arkansas law provides:

“Registered Arkansas-bred thoroughbred horses, registered Arkansas thoroughbred broodmare, registered Arkansas thoroughbred stallion, foal registration, broodmare registration and stallion registration, eligibility to participate in the Arkansas Racing Commission Purse and Awards Fund and eligibility to participate in races that are restricted to registered Arkansas-bred thoroughbred horses shall be determined and made in accordance with registration rules and the Arkansas Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Horsemen’s Association and approved by the Commission.”

The following registration rules and regulations have been adopted by the ATBHA and approved by the Arkansas Racing Commission:

I. ELIGIBLE FOALS.

In order to be eligible to be registered as an “Arkansas-bred thoroughbred horse” (“Arkansas-bred”), a foal (1) must be foaled in Arkansas and (2) (a) the mare (dam) and stallion (sire) must both be registered in accordance with ATBHA broodmare and stallion registration rules and regulations, or (b) in the case of a registered Arkansas thoroughbred broodmare in foal to an out-of-state stallion, the foal may be registered as an Arkansas-bred thoroughbred horse provided the foal is foaled in Arkansas and (i) the mare is bred back in the same calendar year to an Arkansas registered stallion only, or (ii) the mare dies prior to being bred back in the same calendar year to an Arkansas registered stallion, or (iii) the mare is not bred at all during the calendar year the foal is foaled, but is bred to an Arkansas registered stallion only the following year.

II. ELIGIBLE FOAL REGISTRATION.

A. In order to be registered as an “Arkansas-bred thoroughbred horse”, an eligible foal must be registered with the ATBHA on or before December 31st of the year such horse is a two year old. A foal not registered by December 31st of its two-year-old year is ineligible for registration after that date.

B. To register an eligible foal as an “Arkansas-bred thoroughbred horse”, the Arkansas Bred Foal Registration form must be completed in full and signed by the owner or his/her authorized agent and filed with the ATBHA on or before the December 31st deadline, accompanied by payment of the applicable registration fee.

(NOTE: Foal registration forms may be obtained from the ATBHA office or online.)

III. BROODMARE REGISTRATION.

A. In order for a mare to be registered with ATBHA as a “registered Arkansas thoroughbred broodmare”, her registration with ATBHA must be accomplished (1) prior to foaling the foal for which the registration as an “Arkansas-bred thoroughbred horse” is sought or (2) after such foaling provided such registration is accomplished on or before (i) December 31st of the year she produces the weanling foal sought to be registered as an “Arkansas-bred thoroughbred horse” or (ii) December 31st of the year after she produces the foal sought to be as a yearling “Arkansas-bred thoroughbred horse” paying the late registration fee for both yearling and broodmare.

Any broodmares for which all requirements for registration are not received by ATBHA by December 31st of the foal’s yearling year will no longer be eligible for registration.

B. To register a broodmare as a “registered Arkansas-bred thoroughbred broodmare” the Application for Registration of Broodmare form must be completed in full and signed by the owner or his/her authorized agent and together with a copy, both front and back, of her Jockey Club Registration Certificate must be filed with the ATBHA by the registration time deadline accompanied by the appropriate registration fee.

(NOTE: Broodmare registration forms may be obtained by mail from the ATBHA and are available online.)

C.  Should a broodmare change ownership; the new owner must re-register her with the ATBHA in order to be eligible to receive Breeder’s Awards. Once registered, a broodmare will remain registered and her owner entitled to Breeder’s Awards based on the earnings of her registered Arkansas-bred offspring until she again changes ownership. If a mare is sold or otherwise changes ownership, the new owner must re-register such horse in order for that horse’s registration status to remain uninterrupted.

IV. STALLION REGISTRATION.

A. In order to be registered with the ATBHA as a “registered Arkansas thoroughbred stallion:, registration must be accomplished on or before May 1st of the breeding season which produced the foal sought to be registered as an “Arkansas-bred thoroughbred horse” and the stallion must stand only in the State of Arkansas that entire breeding season and may not stand in any other state that calendar year.

B. To register a stallion as a “registered Arkansas thoroughbred stallion”, an Application for Registration of Stallion” form must be completed in full and signed by the owner or his/her authorized agent and together with a copy, both front and back, of his Jockey Registration Certificate must be filed with ATBHA by the May 1st time deadline accompanied by the appropriate registration fee.

C. Should a stallion change ownership, the new owner must re-register him with th ATBHA in order to be eligible to receive Stallion Awards. Once registered, a stallion will remain registered and his owner entitled to Stallion Awards based on his Arkansas-bred progeny’s earnings until he again changes ownership. If a stallion is sold or otherwise changes ownership, the new owner must re-register such stallion in order for that stallion’s registration status to remain uninterrupted.

D. Owners of registered Arkansas stallions must submit a copy of the Report of Mares Bred to The Jockey Club on or before August 1, listing all mares bred to the stallion during that year’s breeding season, as required by The Jockey Club Rules and Regulations. A copy of said Report of Mares Bred must be submitted to the ATBHA office by August 1, accompanied by the applicable re-certification fee.

E. To renew a stallion’s Arkansas registration, an annual re-certification fee shall be paid on each registered Arkansas stallion that stood in Arkansas only during that year’s breeding season, thereby certifying the mare was bred to an eligible Arkansas stallion.. Payment of the annual Stallion Re-certification Fee shall be the obligation of the stallion owner, shall be in the amount of three hundred dollars ($300) per year and shall be due and payable to A.T.B.H.A. on or before August 1st of the breeding year, and shall be accompanied by a photocopy of the Report of Mares Bred for that year, as set out in Section D above.

V. FEE SCHEDULE.

Membership dues
> $50.00 annually due December 31St
> $75.00 if paid after 3/1 of the membership year

Foals
> During Year Foaled: $40 Member / $100 Non-Member
> Yearling: $200 Member / $300 Non-Member
> Two Year Olds: $500 Member / $750 Non-Member

Broodmares
> $50 Member / $100 Non-Member
> Late Registration: $500 Member / $750 Non-Member

Stallions
> $200 Member / $500 Non-Member
> Annual Re-certification: $300

NOTE: Any member of the ATBHA who has not paid his/her membership dues by (March 1st will automatically lose his/her membership status and be required to pay registration fees at the non-member rate.)

The ATBHA reserves the right to make such additional investigation or inquiries it deems necessary on stallions, broodmares and foals for which registration is applied. There are no citizenship or ATBHA membership requirements, although there are different fees applicable, for registration by members in good standing and non-members.

Arkansas Racing Commission Purse and Awards Fund

The Arkansas Racing Commission Purse and Awards Fund is established for the purpose of promoting and developing thoroughbred horse breeding in Arkansas with its attendant economic benefits to the state and its citizens.

Current Arkansas law provides that, (1) “In the case of all racing meets for thoroughbred horses, an amount equal to one-half of one percent (.5%) of all monies wagered shall be paid to the Commission for deposit in the Arkansas Racing Commission Purse and Awards Fund to be used for purse supplements, breeder’s awards, owner’s awards and/or stallion awards” and the (2) The Oaklawn Simulcasting Rules state, “one-quarter of one percent (.25%) of all monies wagered shall be paid to the Commission for deposit in the Arkansas Racing Commission Purse and Awards Fund maintained in connection with the Arkansas Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Horsemen’s Association” and (3) The Electronic 1-2-3 Rules state, ” an amount equal to one percent (1%) of the “net takeout” from pari-mutuel wagering at the franchise holder’s racetrack facility under the Electronic 1-2-3 (thoroughbred) rules” shall be paid by franchise holder to the Racing Commission for deposit in the Arkansas Racing Commission Purse and Awards Fund…” These funds are paid by the Franchise Holders tot he Commission. Monies in this Fund are classified as “special revenues” and are disbursed by the Arkansas Racing Commission in accordance with a written program or directions prepared and presented to it by the Arkansas Breeders’ and Horsemen’s Association.

The current program for distribution of these Funds submitted by the Arkansas Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Horsemen’s Association and approved by the Arkansas Racing Commission is as follows:

(1) To supplement, as required, the Rainbow Stake (for 3 year old registered Arkansas-bred colts and geldings) and the Rainbow Miss Stake (for 3 year old registered Arkansas-bred fillies) making the purse for each $50,000 after crediting $25,000 toward each race put up by the Oaklawn Jockey Club and all nomination fees, and to supplement such other stake or handicap races that are restricted to Arkansas-breds as the Board of Directors of the ATBHA shall approve.

(2) After subtracting the payment outlined in paragraph 1 above, ten percent (10%) of the available money remaining in the Fund shall be designated for Owner’s Awards and shall be paid to the owner of each Arkansas-bred properly registered with ATBHA, proportionate with earnings during the Oaklawn Park live meet the previous calendar year. Owner’s Awards are paid annually.

(3) After subtracting the payment outlined in paragraph 1 above, twenty percent (20%) of the available money remaining in the Fund shall be designated for Stallion Awards and shall be paid to the owner of each stallion properly registered with ATBHA, proportionate with the earnings, in the United States and Canada, of that stallion’s eligible progeny the previous calendar year. Any earnings accumulated prior to registration as an Arkansas-bred thoroughbred horse will not be included in the computation of Stallion/Breeders Awards. Stallion Awards are paid annually.

(4) After subtracting the payment outlined in paragraph 1 above, seventy percent (70%) of the available money remaining in the Fund shall be designated for Breeder’s Awards and shall be paid to the breeders of Arkansas-bred thoroughbred horses, proportionate with earnings, in the United States and Canada, by such Arkansas-bred horses during the previous calendar year. Any earnings accumulated prior to registration as an Arkansas-bred thoroughbred horse will not be included in the computation of Stallion/Breeders Awards. The breeder of any Arkansas-bred thoroughbred horse is the owner of the horse’s dam at the time such horse is foaled provided such mare has been properly registered with the ATBHA as outlined in this Booklet and provided further that the horse was registered as a foal and meets all requirements contained herein for registration as an Arkansas-bred.

Effective 1/1/99, no award check in an amount less that ten dollars ($10.00) shall be paid or awarded from the Arkansas Racing Commission Purse and Awards Fund. This restriction shall apply only to single payees and will not apply in the case of multiple owners or breeders of one horse provided the total award exceeds ten-dollars ($10.00). Funds not meeting the ten-dollar ($10.00) minimum shall be placed and included in the Contingency Fund maintained by the Arkansas Racing Commission.

Statistics used to determine earnings of Arkansas-breds for the purpose of computing Owner’s Awards are obtained from Oaklawn Jockey Club and The Jockey Club. Statistics used to determine earnings of Arkansas-breds for the purpose of computing Stallion and Breeders Awards are obtained from The Jockey Club.