“I Won't Be Soft On Illegal Drugs”

Published: February 29, 2016 02:59 pm EST

Replacing an executive director of a racing commission is never an easy task, especially when he/she was known for being focused on enforcing regulations. Michael Smith has said that he is going to be vigilant when it comes to dealing with wrongdoers, as well.

"I promise you I won't be soft on illegal drugs," Smith, the Indiana Horse Racing Commission new executive director, recently told the Indianapolis Business Journal. "If someone breaks the rules, they will pay the penalty. That's the way it has to be."

Last fall, the IHRC voted to remove its former executive director, Joe Gorajec. According to an article, the commissioners’ decision was based, at least in part, because Gorajec was too focused on enforcing regulations.

The IHRC announced in early February that it had landed Smith – who had recently retired from a 13-year run as CEO of a casino lobbying organization – as Gorajec’s replacement.

Under Smith’s watch, the IHRC has stated that it will give more focus to social media and promotional campaigns, but Smith wants to make sure that the industry knows he is not turning a blind eye to critical aspects of regulation.

"You have to have the integrity piece. People have to be comfortable with the product," he said.

(With files from the Indianapolis Business Journal)



I guess time will tell if Mr Smith will hold violators accountable or not. At least he is for warning the industry of such. I wish someone in Ontario would do the same.

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