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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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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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Minnesota Racing Commission Offering Funding To Aftercare Organizations

The Minnesota Racing Commission (MRC) is seeking 501(c) (3) non-profit racehorse aftercare organizations that have been in operation at least one year to be considered for funding.  The MRC is dedicated to preserving and protecting the quality of life of racehorses once their racing careers have ended.  These funds are generated by legislation passed in […]

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11 Violations And You’re Out: Canterbury Cracks Down On Three-Strike Whip Rule

Stewards at Canterbury Park in Minnesota have rescinded the license of jockey Seth Martinez for the balance of the 2016 race meeting that ends Sept. 17 after Martinez received his 10th and 11th violations of the three-strike whip rule since the Minnesota track’s season began May 20. The ruling, issued July 31, was for two […]

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New Minnesota ADW Law To Boost Business At Canterbury

The Minnesota horse racing industry received a significant boost from the state legislature and governor this session when legislation was passed and signed into law authorizing the licensing and oversight of advance deposit wagering providers in the state. Advance deposit wagering, also known as “ADW” or “account wagering,” is a widely used form of wagering […]

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Canterbury Stewards Named; To Interact With Fans Via Blog

Three veteran ROAP-accredited senior racing officials, David Hooper, James Lages and David Smith have been approved by the Minnesota Racing Commission (MRC) to serve as State Stewards for the 2015 Canterbury Park racing season running 70 days from Friday, May 15th through September 12th. The three newly appointed officials bring a broad cross-section of cumulative […]

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