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Article 9. Horse Registration; Racing

Sec. 9.01. Texas-Bred Horses.
Subject to this Act or any rule of the commission, the state horse breed registries shall make reasonable rules to establish the qualifications of accredited Texas-bred horses to promote, develop, and improve the breeding of horses in this state. Rules adopted by a registry are subject to commission approval.

Sec. 9.02. Breed Registries.
The officially designated state horse breed registries for accredited Texas-bred horses are the Texas Thoroughbred Breeders Association for Thoroughbred horses, the Texas Quarter Horse Association for quarter horses, the Texas Appaloosa Horse Club for Appaloosa horses, the Texas Arabian Breeders Association for Arabian horses, and the Texas Paint Horse Breeders Association for paint horses.

Sec. 9.03. Texas-Bred Race.
  (a) An association shall provide for the running of races limited to accredited Texas-bred horses, each to be known as a Texas-bred race. Unless otherwise provided by this section, on every racing day, an association shall provide for the running of at least two races limited to accredited Texas-bred horses, one of which shall be restricted to maidens. Before January 1, 1994, if on any day not enough horses are entered in an accredited Texas-bred race to provide sufficient competition, an association shall provide for the running of two races in which accredited Texas- bred horses are preferred. An association may defer, in accordance with commission rule, the running of one or both of the two races required by this section for each racing day, but the association must provide that the total number of accredited Texas-bred races in a race meeting is equal to twice the total number of race dates in the race meeting.
  (b) To encourage the breeding of horses in this state, any accredited Texas-bred horse finishing first, second, or third in any race in this state except a restricted stakes race shall receive a purse supplement. The appropriate state breed registry shall act in an advisory capacity to the association and the commission for the purpose of administering the provisions of this section.
  (c) An accredited Texas-bred Thoroughbred horse that finishes first, second or third in a race other than a Texas-bred race shall receive an owner's bonus award as a purse supplement. A percentage of the Texas-bred program funds reveived under Sections 6.08 and 6.091, excluding expenses for administration of the Texas-bred program, shall be allocated to fund the bonus awards as follows:
(1) for 2002, 10 percent;
(2) for 2003, 12.5 percent;
(3) for 2004, 15 percent;
(4) for 2005, 17.5 percent;
(5) for 2006, 20 percent;
(6) for 2007, 22.5 percent; and
(7) for 2008 and subsequent years, 25 percent.

Sec. 9.04. Funds for Awards.
Funds for the purse supplements shall be derived from the breakage as provided by Section 6.08 of this Act.

Sec. 9.05. Types of Racing.
When a horse racing association conducts a race meeting for more than one breed of horse at one racetrack, the number of races to be run by each breed on each day shall be equitable as determined by the commission under Section 8.01 of this Act. The commission, by rule or by order, may allow an exception if there are not enough horses of a breed available to provide sufficient competition.

Sec. 9.06. Stabling.
When a horse racing association conducts a race meeting for more than one breed of horse at one racetrack, on-track stalls shall be provided on an equitable basis as determined by the commission under Section 8.01 of this Act.

Sec. 9.07. Security.
The horse racing association shall provide security at its track that is adequate to ensure the safety of the spectators, employees, and animals.

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