horse racing regulators

DiPasquale To Retire; Minnesota Racing Commission Seeks New Executive Director

Tom DiPasquale, executive director of the Minnesota Racing Commission since 2013, announced his intention to step down in February 2020. “It’s been an honor to serve in this capacity in the Dayton and Walz Administrations. During this period, the Commission, through the hard work of staff and with the support of industry stakeholders and government […]

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Gorajec: A Way Forward On Regulators And Possible Conflicts Of Interest

Horse racing consultant Joe Gorajec writes in his InsideRacingRegs blog that he was “bewildered, befuddled, baffled and bemused” over a recent issue in which California Horse Racing Board vice chair Madeline Auerbach sold a share of a horse to an executive of The Stronach Group, which owns two California racetracks that the CHRB regulates. Gorajec, […]

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Has RCI Gone To The Dogs? California Regulators May Drop Membership

Citing a new formula determining board seats and philosophical differences over medication policy, the California Horse Racing Board will consider withdrawing its membership in the Association of Racing Commissioners International at Thursday’s regularly scheduled CHRB meeting in Pleasanton, Calif. According to the meeting package prepared for Thursday’s meeting, the CHRB has been a member of […]

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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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Gorajec: Transparency And Accountability Missing Among U.S. Racing Regulators

Writing at Thoroughbred Racing Commentary, former longtime Indiana Horse Racing Commission executive director Joe Gorajec asks why racing regulators in the United States keep horsemen and the public in the dark about out-of-competition drug testing. California and Delaware regulators publish information about out-of-competition testing in their annual reports, but getting similar statistics from other states […]

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Fick Takes New Mexico Commission Job On Interim Basis

Dan Fick, a veteran racing industry executive and official, has been named interim executive director of the New Mexico Racing Commission following the sudden departure earlier this month of Vince Mares from the executive director position he held since 2009. Fick told the Paulick Report he will start Jan. 4 and has given a 90-day […]

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Pennsylvania Legislation Would Give Horsemen, Breeders Regulatory Clout

Horsemen and breeders in Pennsylvania will have unprecedented powers as regulators if legislation recently approved by the state’s House of Representatives is, as expected, passed by the Senate and signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf. The legislation, House Bill 941, would create a new State Horse Racing Commission comprised of nine members: five appointed by […]

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Mares Leaving New Mexico Racing Commission Post

Vince Mares, who guided the New Mexico Racing Commission through some difficult years since coming onboard as executive director in 2009, has stepped down from that position. Mares, who retired as chief of police in Raton, N.M., before joining the commission, said his resignation gives him “an opportunity to enjoy my retirement,” though Mares added […]

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Commentary: Horse Racing Regulators Should Not Be Promoters

Should horse racing regulators be promoters? Not according to former Indiana Congresswoman Jill Long Thompson, who wrote in the Journal Gazette of Fort Wayne, Ind., that “promoting and regulating are two different functions that at times can be at complete odds with one another.” Thompson Long, who served as board chair and CEO of the […]

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