New Jersey Racing Commission is responsible for
regulating the safety and integrity of the horse
racing industry through the conduct of investigations,
prosecutions and via regular monitoring. The Division
of the New Jersey Racing Commission has jurisdiction
over New Jersey's thoroughbred and standardbred
permit holders and the authority to regulate racing
at the state's four racetracks.
included in the regulation of racing activities
are the oversight of pari-mutuel wagering, supervising
pari-mutuel operations at all the tracks and granting
permits for the conduct of running the thoroughbred
and standardbred race meetings in the state where
pari-mutuel wagering is allowed. In 2013, the four operating racetracks in New Jersey scheduled 269 live racing dates. The Commission also has jurisdiction over the simulcasting of horse racing activities at these racetracks as well as casino simulcasting facilities, the Account Wagering System and four Off-track wagering facilities.
Commission allots annual race dates to existing
permit holders. It licenses, fingerprints, photographs,
and screens all personnel working for or connected
with track operations, including management, horsemen,
owners and prospective stockholders, to ensure
that no one connected with racing is unsuitable
as to character and integrity. It oversees the
actual conduct of races, supervises the extraction
of fluid and blood specimens from horses for chemical
analysis and conducts initial hearings on appeals
resulting from disciplinary actions that may lead
to judicial proceedings at the appellate level.
The Commission assigned significant resources
to oversee casino simulcasting of racing events.
Commission monitors the conduct of every individual
race conducted at its four racetracks, supervises
the betting activity associated with those races
and collects pari-mutuel taxes. The Commission
monitors the wagering on more than 60,000 horse
races simulcast into New Jersey racks and casinos.
As part of the monitoring program to ensure
that no illegal or banned substances are being
used, Commission employees collected blood and
urine specimens from horses and urine specimens
from jockeys, drivers and officials that are tested for the presence of illegal substances.