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 2007, the
four operating racetracks in New Jersey conducted
a total of 461 racing programs generating approximately
877 million dollars in pari-mutuel wagering through
December 31, 2007. The Commission also has jurisdiction
over the simulcasting of horse racing activities
at these racetracks and New Jersey 's casinos
and since October 2004 is responsible for regulating
all activities associated with the recently activated
Account Wagering System.
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 trainers. State Polices
Chemists analyzed the horse specimens for traces
of illegal substances that could indicate cheating.
The specimen of personnel are analyzed to determine
evidence of alcohol and drug use.