RAC310. Racing Awards and Champions

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RAC310. RACING AWARDS AND CHAMPIONS.

  • RAC310.1 For the purpose of racing awards, a male horse that has not been gelded shall be considered a colt at 2 and 3 years old, and a stallion at 4 years and older. For the purpose of racing awards, a female horse shall be considered a filly at 2 and 3 years old, and a mare at 4 years and older.
  • RAC310.2 World Champion and Champion Racing American Quarter Horses will be awarded annually by vote of the Champions Selection Committee and in accordance with Champion Selection Committee guidelines.
    • RAC310.2.1 Awards will be given as follows: champion 2-year-old colt; champion 2-year-old filly; champion 2-year- old gelding; champion 3-year-old colt; champion 3-year-old filly; champion 3-year-old gelding; champion aged stallion; champion aged mare; champion aged gelding; and champion distance horse of the year.
    • RAC310.2.2 In each age division, a champion will be named; those being champion 2-year-old, champion 3-year- old and champion aged horse.
    • RAC310.2.3 Voters are instructed to select the overall World Champion American Quarter Horse from their choices for the three age divisional champions.
    • RAC310.2.4 Champion honors will be considered for American Quarter Horse Racing conducted internationally upon request from the host country’s AQHA affiliate, providing there is a significant race season and pari-mutuel wagering is conducted.
    • RAC310.2.5 An appropriate award will be given the horse’s record owner as of December 31.
  • RAC310.3 Champion owner, breeder, trainer and jockey will be awarded annually by written ballot. The five top-ranked individuals with the best overall placings according to money earned, races won and points earned will be placed on a ballot. An appropriate award will be presented to the selected persons.
  • RAC310.4 Regional High Point Champions will be awarded annu- ally to the highest point earner in each of 10 regions and each of 12 categories.
    • RAC310.4.1 Awards will be given in the following catego- ries: 3-year-old colt; 3-year-old filly; 3-year-old gelding; aged stallion; aged mare; aged gelding; distance and claiming. In addition, an award will be given to the top jockey, trainer, owner and breeder in each region.
    • RAC310.4.2 The distance horse in each region will be based upon points earned in regional races at distances of 550 yards and longer.
    • RAC310.4.3 The claiming horse in each region will be based upon points earned in regional claiming races.
    • RAC310.4.4 An appropriate award will be given to the horse’s record owner as of December 31.
  • RAC310.5 Superior Race Horse will be awarded to any American Quarter Horse that earns 200 racing points.
  • RAC310.6 Supreme Race Horse will be awarded to any American Quarter Horse that has achieved each of the following:
    • RAC310.6.1 earnings of $500,000 or more
    • RAC310.6.2 winner of two open Grade 1 (G1) stakes races or two races of Grade 1 historical significance prior to 1983; and
    • RAC310.6.3 winner of ten races.
  • RAC310.7 World and Track Records. AQHA designation as a new/ tied world or track record will be awarded under the following circumstances:
    • RAC310.7.1 the winning time is equal to or faster than the existing record.
    • RAC310.7.2 the second-place time is equal to or faster than the existing record, if the winner is disqualified.
    • RAC310.7.3 the race must be electronically timed.
    • RAC310.7.4 the race is run at an official surveyed distance.
    • RAC310.7.5 at a racetrack racing for the first time, or racing for the first time in 10 years or longer, the fastest winning time for the race meet at each distance will be recognized as the track record.
    • RAC310.7.6 at a distance that is being run for the first time at that racetrack, or the first time in ten years or longer, the fastest winning time for the race meet at each distance will be recognized as the track record.
    • RAC310.7.7 in order to be recognized as a record, a speed index of 80 or better must be achieved.
  • RAC310.8 Dam of Distinction will be awarded to any American Quarter Horse mare that meets at least one of the following criteria:
    • RAC310.8.1 produced two or more individual Champion Racing American Quarter Horses.
    • RAC310.8.2 produced at least three individual American Quarter Horse Grade 1 stakes winners.
    • RAC310.8.3 produced at least two American Quarter Horse foals ranked in the top ten money earners of any particular year (as of December 31 of that year) and two G1 stakes winners.
    • RAC310.8.4 produced at least three American Quarter Horse foals that were in the top ten money earners of any particular year (as of December 31 of that year).
    • RAC310.8.5 produced at least three individual American Quarter Horse stakes winners prior to 1983 and those wins were equivalent of Grade 1 quality race.
  • RAC310.9 Horses earning a speed index of 80 or higher will receive a Racing Register of Merit. AQHA will furnish a Register of Meritcertificatetothehorse’sownerattheowner’srequest. Ifthe electronic timer malfunctions but a hand-time is recorded that would have resulted in a speed index of 80 or higher, the owner of the horse may appeal to AQHA for designation of the horse a Register of Merit qualifier if the hand-time is certified by track stewards.
  • RAC310.10 Membership in AQHA on the date the award is bestowed is required for the owner of an American Quarter Horse to receive any racing award for achievement, including, but not limited to, a certificate, plaque or trophy. Despite owner ineligibility, the horse’s achievement will, however, be recorded in its permanent record. To become eligible to receive the award, the owner may retroactively purchase the required annual membership.