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MICHIGAN HORSE RACING

Horse Racing (formerly called the Office of Racing Commissioner (ORC)) was integrated into the Michigan Gaming Control Board on January 17, 2010 as part of Governor Granholm's Executive Order 2009-45.

The Executive Order moved all authority, powers, duties, functions, records, personnel, property, unexpended balances of appropriations, allocations, or other funds to the Michigan Gaming Control Board and "abolished" the Office of Racing Commissioner (ORC).

Horse Racing was originally established by the Racing Act of 1933 to authorize and regulate pari-mutuel horse racing in Michigan. Currently, Horse Racing functions under the Horse Racing Law of 1995, as amended.

Horse Racing objectives are achieved through the regulatory activities of the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB).

These objectives include:

  • Issuing track, race meeting, occupational licenses, and simulcasting permits
  • Allocating racing dates and simulcasting schedules
  • Collecting racing license and tax revenues
  • Appointing stewards and veterinarians to represent the state
  • Hearing appeals from decisions of stewards and on other matters
  • Approving track appointed officials
  • Monitoring the daily conduct of live and simulcast racing
  • Conducting equine and human drug testing programs
  • Investigating any irregularities in racing which may lead to formal hearings, administrative disciplinary actions and/or criminal prosecution
  • Developing ways to improve and promote pari-mutuel horse racing in Michigan
     

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