In a unanimous vote Thursday, the California Horse Racing Board gave its approval to a proposed rule change on claiming races. Under the new rule, a claim will be void if a horse is placed on the vet's list after being found to be lame or unsound after the race or in the receiving barn, after being inspected by a veterinarian.
The rule change amends a 2011 rule that voided a claim if a horse died during a race or before it was unsaddled, which was deemed inadequate.
According to a report by the Blood-Horse, the new rule will go into effect later this year.
Dr. Rick Arthur, the board's equine medical director, said that the rule would not apply to horses that are vanned off due to heat exhaustion or that bleed from the lungs.
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