RUS MidAtlantic 2019 Racing Series Q&A
What is the RUS MidAtlantic 2019 Racing Series? The RUS MidAtlantic Series is a series of late closing races being contested at Ocean Downs, Rosecroft, and the Meadowlands. New this year is a pacing division.
What kind of purse money are we looking at? As purse funds come from donations, we are unable to confirm purse amount. We anticipate the races in the trotting series will race for estimated purses of $2,500 divided. Pacing races have an estimated purses of $1,500 divided. Again, these are estimated purses. Purses may be higher or lower depending on fundraising.
Nomination Fees, what nomination fees? Riders must pay a one time fee of $100 unless they have raised or donated $100 to RUS MidAtlantic. Fees are for the riders, so in theory, they can race different horses in the trotting and/or pacing series with the one payment. One payment allows the rider to race in all remaining races as payment is due when a rider enters their first race of the series. Checks are to be made out to RUS MidAtlantic with proceeds being used for operational expenses.
What do you mean fundraising for purse funds? Since RUS is not a wagering event, purse money is not available for RUS purses therefore we must raise the purse funds on our own. This requires the help of all to get to our goal. Contact RUS MidAtlantic President Stephanie Jacobs for more information on helping to raise funds.
Are there qualifying times standards? Horses must show a clean start under saddle within 90 days of their first start in this year’s series meeting the time standards for their gait. For trotting, the time standard is 1/2 mile - 2:10; 5/8 mile - 2:08; 7/8 mile or larger - 2:06. For pacing, the time standard is 1/2 mile - 2:06; 5/8 mile - 2:04; 7/8 mile or larger - 2:02. Allowances will be granted for off-tracks. Once qualified, a horse will not need to requalify unless required to do so by the judges or race sponsor.
Where can I qualify? Horses may qualify at their local track. Gaitway Farms holds qualifiers during the month of June. Qualifiers may be scheduled at the participating tracks prior to their races. There may be a fee to start in a qualifier.
Will an official workout be accepted for establishing qualifying time? Ideally, the qualifying time will be established in a race or qualifier but if a horse is unable to get a qualifying race, an official workout will be accepted.
I'm interested in becoming a rider. What are the requirements? Rule 17.15-17.20 covers this but basically, one needs to apply for a USTA Rider license and must take written and practical exam and then must go two schooling or workout miles successfully in 2:15 or better before obtaining their license. A rider must wear specific items when racing. Rule 17.20 covers this.
How much weight must a rider carry? Including their equipment, a rider must weigh in/out at least 140 lbs. Many riders add lead to their saddle to meet the weight requirements. See rule 18.28 for the equipment a rider must include in reaching the weight requirement.