Grading and Weights

1. Grade Classification

  • The Racing Secretary shall be responsible for the proper grading of the greyhounds under the provisions of this section. Before the first day of a race meet, the Racing Secretary, after sufficient schooling of all greyhounds and considering their past performances, shall classify all greyhounds into proper grades.
  • There will be eight (8) grades of greyhounds indicated as “AA”, “A”, “BB”, “B”, “C”, “D”, “J” (Juvenile), and “M” (Maiden).
  • For a greyhound that transfers to the racetrack from another racetrack, the Racing Secretary shall assign the grade held by the greyhound at the time of transfer or the equivalent of such track, depending on the previous track’s grading system, or the next two grades higher or lower.
  • The Racing Secretary may re-grade a greyhound at any time within its first three starts, but not more than one grade higher or lower. Greyhounds not racing because of illness or injury for 60 days or more must be schooled twice and will be re-graded.
  • The Racing Secretary may select greyhounds to fill “feature races” twice each week and these races will be designated as Grade “S”. Entries for all other races will be drawn by lot. All Stakes and special races shall be indicated by the letter “S”
  • The Racing Secretary may use greyhounds of no more than two different grades for races designated by the letter “T” in the official program. These will be considered mixed grade races.

2. Advance in Grade

  • The winner of any race and the 2nd place finisher is advanced one (1) grade until reaching Grade “AA” except that only the winner in a “M” race will advance.
  • The winner of a Maiden Race shall be advanced no higher than Grade “J”.
  • A greyhound that reaches 24 months of age that is a Maiden will be advanced to Grade “J” and will abide by the provisions of the grading system. Such a greyhound will be considered a “Graded Maiden” and will be designated in the racing program with the letter “M” after its name. The letter “M” shall remain on this greyhound until such time as it wins an official race.
  • At the request of the kennel owner or trainer, the racing secretary may advance a greyhound less than 30 months of age that finishes 3rd, or 4th in a Grade “J” race to Grade “D”. That greyhound must then abide by the provisions of the grading system in Grade “D”. Such a greyhound will be designated in the racing program with the letter “J” after its name. The letter “J” shall remain on this greyhound until such time as it wins a race in Grade “D” or “J”.
  • A greyhound that falls or is interfered with in a race shall be considered a starter. However, the greyhound shall not be considered a starter if the start would result in the greyhound grading off.

2. Decline in Grade

  • Grade “AA”, Grade “A”, and Grade “BB” greyhounds shall be lowered if the greyhound fails to finish in the top three positions in two consecutive starts.
  • In Grade “B”, and Grade “C”, greyhounds shall be lowered if the greyhound fails to finish in the top three positions in four consecutive starts.
  • In Grade “D” a greyhound that began the current meet as a Maiden or is less than 30 months of age shall be lowered to Grade “J” if it fails to finish in the top four positions in four consecutive starts

4. Drop In Eligibility

  • In Grade “D”, greyhounds that are over 30 months of age will be dropped from further competition should they fail to finish in the top four positions in eight consecutive starts.
  • In Grade “J” greyhounds that fail to finish in the top four positions in eight consecutive starts will be dropped from further competition. Greyhounds racing in Grade “J” that become 30 months of age will be advanced to Grade “D” and will be designated in the racing program with a “J” next to its name and will abide by the provisions of the grading system.
  • In Grade “M” greyhounds that fail to finish in the top four positions in eight consecutive starts will be dropped from further competition.

5. Requalification

  • Grade “D”, “J”, and “M” greyhounds who have graded off will be eligible to requalify after a period of 30 days and must school two times and meet the qualifying time. These greyhounds will then receive four additional lines in their respective grade and carry the designation (R) next to their name until they win a race.

RULES AND REGULATIONS OF THE ARIZONA RACING COMMISSION REGARDING WEIGHT AND WEIGHING OF GREYHOUNDSRI9-2.314A – All greyhounds shall be weighed in not less than one hour before post time of the first race of the day.

RI9-2.314B – Before any greyhound is allowed to school or race at any track, the owner or trainer shall establish the racing weight with the Clerk of Scales for each greyhound he or she enters.

RI9-2-314C – At weigh-in time, should there be a variation of more than two pounds either way from the greyhound’s established weight, the stewards shall order said greyhound scratched

RI9-2-3l4D – At weighing-out time, if a greyhound loses weight in excess of two pounds while in the lockout kennels, the stewards shall order said greyhound scratched. However, upon opinion from the Veterinarian that such loss of weight while in the lockout kennels does not impair the racing condition of the greyhound, the stewards may allow said greyhound to race.

IRS REGULATIONS
1) By order of the Internal Revenue Service. winnings of $600 or more, unreduced by the amount of wagers, must be reported for every person paid winnings from greyhound racing. Form W2-G must be filled out and Federal income tax withheld at the rate of 28% on winning payments of $5,000 or more if at least 300 times the amount of the single wager. If more than one person shares in the winnings from a single wager, the aggregate amount of winnings shall determine whether or not the winnings are more than $5,000. In case of multiple wagers sold on one ticket, each wager shall be considered separate and distinct for purposes of computing the amount to be reported or withheld, and Federal income tax must he withheld if the winnings amount to more than $5,000. Taxpayer identifying number and another ID must be presented before payment can be made. No metal Social Security Cards will be honored. For foreign Nationals, the takeout is 36% if the winnings amount to more than $600.

2) Effective January I, 1984, new aggregation regulations require that gambling winnings from identical wagers be aggregated to determine whether those winnings are subject to a 28% withholding tax. For example, when a winning ticket in the $600 to $1,000 range is presented for payment, the cashier at the designated IRS window is required to ask the patron if they have identical wagers, and if so, how many. All such wagers must be presented at the same time for aggregation by the cashier. Should the patron state that they have no additional wagers, it will be shown on the form the accuracy of the patron. action will he determined by the IRS. The same rule applies to residents of another country, but Federal income tax withholding of 300/0 is required. (An identical wager is one in the same race and wagering pool, not withstanding that the type of wager is a box, key or wheel)