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Texas Racing Commission

Structure of Agency

Racing Oversight

Investigations Department: The investigators, who are all licensed peace officers, coordinate the enforcement of the Commission's Rules and the Texas Racing Act. Investigations are conducted on animal drug positives, criminal histories returned on license applicants, illegal wagering, use and possession of contraband, drug abuse and narcotics trafficking, and other illicit activities that could affect the integrity of pari-mutuel racing.

Occupational Licensing Department: This department reviews applications and issues occupational licenses and registrations to all persons involved in pari-mutuel greyhound and horse racing. This department works closely with the investigators and the stewards/judges. Licensing staff at each racetrack help to maintain the integrity of the industry by ensuring that all participants are licensed and are in good standing.

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Pari-Mutuels Department: This department is responsible for protecting the interest of the wagering public and ensuring the accurate collection and distribution of funds as mandated by the Texas Racing Act.

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Racing Department: This department consists of the stewards and racing judges who supervise live races conducted at Texas pari-mutuel racetracks. They monitor every live race and determine the official order of finish. The stewards and judges also oversee the activities of all occupational licensees and may discipline the licensees for violations of Commission Rules. The stewards and judges are authorized to suspend licenses for up to one year and assess fines up to $5,000.

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Veterinary Department : The Veterinary Medical Director oversees this department, supervising the veterinarians and test barn supervisors working at the racetracks. This department is responsible for inspecting all race animals before they race to ensure they are sound to compete, inspecting the stable and kennel areas for animal health and safety issues, and implementing the Commission's race animal drug testing program. The Chief Veterinarian also serves as a liaison between the Commission and veterinary-related organizations and agencies, such as the Animal Health Commission, the American Association of Equine Practitioners, and the Texas Veterinary Medical Association.

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Page updated: 4/15/16