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Harness Racing Commission

The Delaware Department of Agriculture Harness Racing Commission regulates and oversees the sport of Harness racing in the state. Its primary objectives and principles are to protect, preserve, and promote agriculture and horse racing through effective and efficient efforts to prevent and eliminate corrupt practices; ensure fairness in decisions affecting licensees and patrons; ensure due process in administrative proceedings; be attentive to the public and licensees and provide information concerning the industry and commission operations. The commission is also responsible for ensuring that the state and the betting public receive their fair percentages of the wagering dollar by overseeing periodic accounting audits.

Background

The Delaware Harness Racing Commission regulates and oversees the sport of harness racing in the state. Its primary objective is to do this in regard to the protection of the betting public. The Commission is also responsible for assuring that the State and the betting public receive their fair percentages of the wagering dollar by overseeing periodic accounting audits. In addition, the Commission monitors the conduct of the entire racing industry and may from time to time, hold hearings to thoroughly investigate any perceived wrongdoings.

The primary goal of the Commission is to eliminate fraudulent activity that would undermine the public trust and bring violators of racing commission rules, regulations and the Delaware Code to justice.

The key objective of the Commission is to maintain hands-on supervision of all investigative cases involving evidence of race fixing, horse substitution, illegal medication, bookmaking, touting, sale, use and possession of CDS, economic crimes and others. Expose wrongdoers and all things prejudicial to the interest and the sport of horse racing.




MEMBERS OF THE HARNESS RACING COMMISSION

Beth Steele, Chairman

Patt Wagner, Vice Chairman

Stephanie Liguori, Commissioner

George P. Staats, Commissioner

Jack Berberian, Commissioner

The Commission usually meets monthly during racing season, with public meetings scheduled and advertised at least seven days in advance.

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