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The 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.
Activities 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.
The 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.

The 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.

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