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Business and Professions Code - BPC


  ( Division 8 added by Stats. 1941, Ch. 44. )

CHAPTER 4. Horse Racing [19400 - 19668]

  ( Chapter 4 repealed and added by Stats. 1959, Ch. 1828. )

ARTICLE 11. Penalties [19660 - 19668]
  ( Article 11 added by Stats. 1959, Ch. 1828. )


Any person who, without first having procured a license under Article 4 of this chapter, directly or indirectly holds or conducts any meeting where there is horse racing and betting on its results by the parimutuel method of wagering, or otherwise, is guilty of a misdemeanor.

(Amended by Stats. 2000, Ch. 1082, Sec. 111. Effective January 1, 2001.)


(a) Any person who violates any of the provisions of this chapter for which a penalty is not herein expressly provided, is guilty of a misdemeanor.

(b) Unless otherwise expressly provided, the board may impose a monetary penalty of not more than one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) for a violation of any of the provisions of this chapter.

(Amended by Stats. 2001, Ch. 933, Sec. 4. Effective January 1, 2002.)


Any person who bets upon the results of a horse race except by a parimutuel method of wagering conducted by a person licensed under Article 4 of this chapter is punishable as provided in the Penal Code.

(Amended by Stats. 2000, Ch. 1082, Sec. 112. Effective January 1, 2001.)


It is unlawful for an individual performing services as a jockey, or any person representing or purporting to represent such individual, to compel or attempt to compel the State, while conducting horse racing, either directly itself or through a state agency or state instrumentality, to pay money into any fund to which it has no legal obligation to contribute.

(Repealed and added by Stats. 1959, Ch. 1828.)


It is unlawful for any person, for the purpose of selling or offering to sell predictions on horse races, to advertise that he has predicted the outcome of any horse race which has been run in this state, unless such person has notified in writing the California Horse Racing Board, at any of its offices, of his predictions at least three hours prior to the race involved on forms prescribed by the board. No person shall advertise the fact that he has notified the board or use the name of the board in any way whatsoever to promote the activities described in this section.

For the purposes of this section the term “advertise” includes the use of a newspaper, magazine or other publication, book notice, circular, pamphlet, letter, handbill, tip sheet, poster, bill, sign, placard, card, label, tag, window display, store sign, radio or television announcement, or any other means or methods now or hereafter employed to bring to the attention of the public information concerning the outcome of horse races.

Nothing herein contained shall apply to any daily newspaper of general circulation which is regularly entered in the United States mail, or any other daily publication carrying complete past performances of horses entered in races, or to any regularly published magazine or periodical devoted to racing news, which magazine or periodical has been published for at least two years.

Violation of this section is a misdemeanor.

(Amended by Stats. 2000, Ch. 1082, Sec. 113. Effective January 1, 2001.)


The board shall establish such rules and regulations for horse sales or horse auction sales of racehorses or breeding stock that is used in the production of racehorses which are held or conducted on the premises of any racing association under the jurisdiction of the board as are reasonably necessary to provide the horses, owners, and general public with adequate protection. Such rules and regulations shall provide for regulation of the medication or drugging of racehorses sold at horse sales or horse auction sales as provided in this section.

(Added by Stats. 1973, Ch. 1194.)


A person shall not alter or counterfeit, or attempt to alter or counterfeit, any parimutuel ticket.

(Amended by Stats. 2011, Ch. 98, Sec. 3. (AB 280) Effective January 1, 2012.)


No person shall knowingly have in his possession any altered, forged, or counterfeit parimutuel ticket.

(Added by Stats. 1974, Ch. 832.)


(a) On and after July 1, 1995, it shall be unlawful for any person to enter or accept the entry of a horse in a race upon which there is parimutuel wagering until two years after the horse’s foaling date.

(b) Every person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor. The board may suspend the license of any person who violates this section for a period of not more than one year.

(Added by Stats. 1994, Ch. 617, Sec. 2. Effective January 1, 1995.)

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