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Harness Racing Commission



Our Mission


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
George P. Staats, Commissioner
Stephanie Liguori, Commissioner
Jack Berberian, Commissioner

Delaware Standardbred Owners Association and General Public Information


The Delaware Standardbred Owners Association (DSOA) is a non-profit organization that helps protect and promote harness racing in Delaware. The DSOA works with management at local racetracks to make sure the needs of horsemen and horsewomen are met.

The Delaware Council on Gambling Problems offers confidential assistance to gamblers, their families, and to those who are concerned about a friend or colleague. The Council provides literature, support meeting information, treatment information, and 24-hour help. Speakers are available for community groups and for professional training. HELPLINE 888-850-8888


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