California Horse Racing Board Bans Striking Horses

A proposed amendment that would ban jockeys from striking a horse to make it run faster was approved by the California Horse Racing Board yesterday. The new rule could make California the most restrictive racing state for the use of crops or whips. It would limit jockeys to striking a horse no more than two times in a row without giving a horse a chance to respond or no more than six times in a race. Jockeys or exercise riders who violate the rule could face fines of up to $1,000 and a minimum suspension of three days.