Minnesota racing commission

Minnesota Racing Commission Names Bob Schiewe New Deputy Director

The Minnesota Racing Commission announced the hiring of Bob Schiewe as Deputy Director. Beginning June 5, Schiewe will succeed Joe Scurto in this role. “I am excited to welcome Bob Schiewe to the commission,” said Tom DiPasquale, Minnesota Racing Commission Executive Director. “Bob’s knowledge of and passion for horse racing make him uniquely qualified to manage […]

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Minnesota Racing Commission Seeking Deputy Director

The Minnesota Racing Commission has announced that Joe Scurto, deputy director since 2014, will be leaving the commission in June to return to the private sector. “Joe has accomplished so much in his five years with the commission,” said executive director Tom DiPasquale. “He hired and trained outstanding employees, vastly improved our internal operations, earned […]

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Minnesota Racing Commission Appoints Three Stewards To Canterbury Park

The Minnesota Racing Commission has appointed David Hooper, David Smith and Stanley Bowker to the Canterbury Park Board of Stewards for its 2019 race meet. The appointments were made at the commission’s February meeting. Hooper, one of last year’s Pete Pedersen award recipients for dedicated service and special contributions to the horse racing industry, has been involved […]

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Minnesota Racing Commission Responds To Paulick Commentary

In his “View From The Eighth Pole” commentary published on March 11, Paulick Report publisher Ray Paulick took issue with how the Minnesota Racing Commission has handled methamphetamine positives in recent years, including the case of a trainer who had two methamphetamine violations in a four-year period. The editorial, “Regulatory Fairness Left in the Starting […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: Regulatory Fairness Left At Starting Gate In Minnesota

In her written decision recommending dismissal of any sanctions against the owner and trainer of a horse testing positive for minuscule levels of methamphetamine at Monmouth Park in 2017, Administrative Law Judge Susan M. Scarola said New Jersey Racing Commission steward Stephen Pagano testified in the case that he had never heard of a meth […]

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Gorajec: Minnesota Racing Commission Has Some Explaining To Do

Trainer Judd Becker recently received a 90-day suspension after Bushrod tested positive for cardarine following a victory in the $100,000 Mystic Lake Turf Express Stakes Aug. 25 at Canterbury Park in Minnesota. Writing in his InsideRacing Regs blog, former longtime regulator Joe Gorajec wonders why the trainer got such a light penalty for what he […]

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University Of Minnesota Crookston Equine Science Program Partners With Minnesota Horse Breeders For Spring Foaling

The University of Minnesota Crookston Equine Science program will have openings to foal out mares for spring semester 2019. This will give owners another option to foal mares out in Minnesota, making the foals eligible for Minnesota Breeders’ Fund Awards. More than 10 equine science students will participate in pre-and-post-foaling procedures as part of the […]

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Minnesota Racing Commission Seeks Commission Veterinarians

The Minnesota Racing Commission (MRC) is accepting proposals for the contractual positions of Chief Commission Veterinarian and Assistant Commission Veterinarians for the 2019 racing seasons at Canterbury Park and Running Aces Casino and Racetrack. The approximate on-site work dates would be from April 3 through Sept. 30. The Minnesota Racing Commission offers a professional environment […]

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Canterbury Park’s 2019 Racing Schedule Approved By Minnesota Racing Commission

Canterbury Park’s 2019 thoroughbred and quarter horse race meet, as approved Thursday by the Minnesota Racing Commission, will include 66 race dates, commencing May 3, the Friday before Kentucky Derby, and running through Sept. 14. The upcoming meet will be the Shakopee, Minn. racetrack’s 25th season of live racing since reopening as Canterbury Park. The […]

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Ralph Strangis, Minnesota Racing Commission Chairman, Dead At 82

Ralph Strangis, chairman of the Minnesota Racing Commission and principal partner in the law firm Kaplan, Strangis & Kaplan, passed away on August 15, 2018, at age 82. Mr. Strangis was appointed by Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton as chair of the commission in 2013. He had served on the commission previously in the early days […]

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