The Placing, Patrol or Paddock Judge ensures a fair race and that all rules and regulations are followed; judges are assigned to different posts of the racetrack and perform various duties based on assignment; communicates and resolves results; provides support to the higher level management; and performs related tasks within the area of assignment.
(These function are intended as a general illustration of the work performed in this job classification and are not all inclusive for this position)
Assumes responsibility for ensuring a fair race and that all rules and regulations are followed; and judges are assigned to different posts and report to the Patrol judge.
Plans, directs, coordinates and reviews the work of the team members; assigns work activities, projects and programs; reviews and evaluates work products, methods and procedures; ensures guest service; meets with team members to identify and resolve problems.
Selects, trains, motivates and evaluates team members; provides team member training; works with team members to correct deficiencies; implements and or approves discipline as appropriate.
May prepare and analyze complex reports using writing and analytical skills; prepares and approves federal and state reporting; ensures reporting compliance.
Attends and participates in professional group meetings; maintains awareness of new trends and innovations in the judicial field.
Performs related duties and responsibilities as required.
WHEN ASSIGNED TO PLACING JUDGE
Stands at the time the horses pass the winning post in each race; places the horses in the order of finish and display results.
Makes public decision as promptly as possible; and enforces all rules and regulations.
Determines the places of the horse at finish of each race; considers only the relative position of the horses.
Works with other judges to resolve disagreements.
After the race the Judge will reviews the weighed in and verifies the correct way; notifies other judges of the findings.
WHEN ASSIGNED TO PATROL JUDGE
Observes all activities of the race track within the assigned area; reports every violation of the racing rules; every violation of the rules of decorum; lameness or unfitness of any horse; lack of proper racing equipment and any action on the track which could improperly affect the results of the race.
Maintains constant communication with judges during the course of every race and immediately informs judges of rule violations, improper or unusual happening which occurs at the track.
Submits daily reports of observations of the race.
May attend hearings or inquiries on violations and testify under oath.
WHEN ASSIGNED TO PADDOCK JUDGE
Organizes the field and ensures compliance for post parades in accordance with schedule and directions; supervises the identification of horses in the race.
Inspects horses for changes in equipment, broken or faulty equipment, head numbers and saddle pads; checks horses and drivers in and out; informs judges of any change to racing equipment or shoes before the race.
Oversees gate team members; may supervise Blacksmith or Ferrier; ensures that only authorized personnel is permitted in the paddock area.
Immediately notifies other judges of anything that would change, delay or affect the racing program; and notifies of any horses returning after have entered the track for post parade and before the start of a race.
Notifies judges of all trainers and grooms who leave the paddock in an emergency; inspects and supervises the maintenance of all emergency equipment.
Monitors the cleanliness of the paddock; reports any cruelty to any horse which may be observed.
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:
(Related education and experience may be interchangeable on a year for year basis)
High School Diploma or GED, plus three (3) years experience as a Placing, Paddock or Patrol Judge.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: (Licenses, Certifications, Testing, etc.):
Possession of, and ability to maintain a valid gaming license within assigned state of employment.
Must successfully pass background check
Must successfully pass an alcohol and drug screening
Must be 21 years of age at time of hire.
Must be willing to work a variety of shifts to include swing shifts and holidays if needed
PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY:
Operations and activities of racing operations; principles and procedures of Racing Commission rules and regulations; principles and procedures of proper record keeping; principles of writing and basic form preparation; office procedures; methods and equipment including computers and applicable software applications; pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations.
Ensure regulations, rules and code regulations; be fair and equal and make decisions based on fact; interpret and explain policies and procedures; testify under oath or justify findings; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; and establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work; prepare clear and concise reports; interpret and explain policies and procedures; interpret and apply federal, state and local policies, laws and regulations.
Retama Park Racetrack is a class 1 pari-mutuel horse-racing track located in Selma, Texas a short 20 minutes from downtown San Antonio. The property hosts live racing on weekends with quarter horses running from June 7 through August 10 and live thoroughbred racing from October 4 through December 28; open daily for simulcast wagering. Retama Park features a wide variety of dining options including the Turf and Field Dining Room with panoramic views of the track, the Race Book & Sports Bar offering delicious fare enjoyed while watching simulcast racing or your favorite sports team; or more casual options at the concession stands throughout the facility.
One Retama Parkway
Selma, Texas 78154