Bruce Quade, Chairperson
The Maryland Racing Commission was formed in 1920 (Chapter 273, Acts of 1920). It licenses
all persons, associations, or corporations that hold any horse racing meet within the
State where racing is permitted for any stake, purse, or reward, as well as Satellite
Simulcast Betting and intertrack betting.
The Commission makes all regulations governing
the races and, through its stewards and judges, officiates the conduct of racing. It may
also regulate the size of a purse, the price of admission, or the charge made for any
article or service sold at the meets. All persons engaged in racing in Maryland must be
licensed and a person operating under an assumed name must register with the Commission
for permission to use such a name. The Commission may revoke or suspend the license of any
person or corporation engaged in racing within the State who violates the racing laws or Commission rules.
The Commission conducts hearings on appeals, collects taxes and fees, and distributes the taxes and fees collected to various subdivisions and other
The Commission's nine members are appointed for four year terms by the Governor with
Senate advice and consent. No more than six members may belong to the same political
party. At least three members must be knowledgeable or experienced in some aspect of
thoroughbred racing, and at least three in some aspect of harness racing. The Governor
designates the Chairperson. The Secretary of Labor, Licensing and Regulation appoints the
Executive Director. Authorization for the Commission continues until July 1, 2011
(Maryland Annotated Code Business Regulation Article, Sections. 11-201 through 11-214).