More restrictive use of whip in California taking effect

Del Mar horse racing
Posted at 4:26 PM, Sep 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-30 19:26:24-04

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jockeys and exercise riders in California will be working under a more restrictive rule governing the use of whips.

The amended rule was designed to further protect horses without compromising the safety of horses and riders, although as written it is not being widely embraced by some riders.

Riders cannot use the whip more than six times during a race, excluding showing or waving the whip or tapping the horse on the shoulder.

Violators face a $1,000 fine and three-day suspension.