Horse Trainers study past performance records, observe horses during workouts, and utilize knowledge of training methods to plan a training schedule based on peculiarities of each horse. They condition horses for competitive racing through an exercise and workout program and enter horses in training races to familiarize them with starting gate and racing procedures. They clock horses during workouts to determine when they are ready for official races and instruct jockeys on handling specific horses during a race. They also direct workers in exercising, grooming, and feeding the horses. They may train horses as an independent operator and advise owners on purchasing horses. Trainers may also represent owners in the matter of entries, declarations and the employment of jockeys. The trainer is responsible for, and is the absolute insurer of, the condition of an entry he enters regardless of the acts of third parties.
An occupational license is required. Applicants must have good character and respect for the integrity of all participants. Every application is reviewed, updated and carefully processed by the Licensing unit before a license is issued.
Fingerprinting is required of each applicant. Where it is found that his/her participation in racing would be inconsistent with the public interest or the best interest of racing generally, a thorough investigation is conducted before unfavorable action is taken in the form of a denial, suspension or revocation of his/her license.
State of New York Racing and Wagering Board
1 Broadway Center, Suite 600
Schenectady, NY 12305-2553
Phone: (518) 395-5400
Fax: (518) 347-1250
39-2011.00 - Animal Trainers
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