John Ward Elected RCI Board Chairman

Kentucky Board Executive Director chosen as RCI Chairman-Elect.

Press Release
May 1, 2013


John T. Ward, the Executive Director of the Kentucky Horse Racing Board, was recently chosen as the Chairman-Elect of the Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI) Board of Directors.

The election came at during the meeting held at the conclusion of the 79th Annual RCI Conference on Racing and Wagering Integrity, held last week at the Wyndham Riverfront Hotel in New Orleans, LA.

Ward will succeed current RCI Board Chairman Duncan Patterson of the Delaware Thoroughbred Commission, who is fulfilling his term for the 2013-2014 period. Doug King of the Horse Racing Branch of the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority was once again elected Treasurer of the organization.

RCI also elected Members of its Board of Directors for the 2013-2014 term. The elected Directors are:

•         Jeff Colliton, Commissioner, Washington Horse Racing Commission
•         Larry Eliason, Executive Secretary, South Dakota Commission on Gaming
•         Hugh Gallagher, Executive Director, Delaware Harness Racing Commission
•         Charles Gardiner, Executive Director, Louisiana State Racing Commission
•         Dan Hartman, Executive Director, Colorado Division of Racing Events
•         Mark Laino, Executive Director, Illinois Racing Board
•         Edward Menton, Chairman, Mobile County Racing Commission
•         Constantin “Tino” Rieger, Executive Director, Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission
•         Tom Sage, Executive Director, Nebraska State Racing Commission
•         Dr. Corinne Sweeney, Chairwoman, Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission

In addition, Chairman Duncan Patterson appointed Commissioner Mark Lamberth of the Arkansas Racing Commission to the Board of Directors. All elected and appointed board members will serve a 1-year term.

The newly elected Directors will join representatives assigned by the five largest-handle jurisdictions: California, Florida, New Jersey, New York, Ontario.

The next scheduled meeting of the RCI Board of Directors will take place on July 31, 2013 at the RCI Summer Meetings, which will be held in Saratoga Springs, NY.