Mission Statement

“The Minnesota Racing Commission operates in the public interest to ensure the integrity of horse racing and card playing, oversee the proper distribution of funds back into the industry, and provide for the safety and welfare of the human and equine participants. Additionally, the Commission works to promote the horse racing and breeding industry in Minnesota in order to provide economic stimulus, offer residents and visitors an exciting entertainment option, and support agriculture and rural agribusiness.”


Executive Director

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Tom DiPasquale was appointed to the MRC as a Commissioner in July, 2013 and was appointed Executive Director in December, 2013. He received his undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton and a law degree from William Mitchell College of Law. Following a clerkship with the Minnesota Supreme Court, Tom joined the 3M Legal Department in 1982 and served as counsel to a wide range of 3M businesses and senior management for 29 years.

Tom has been an avid horse racing fan since growing up in Buffalo, NY and attending Buffalo Raceway with his then girlfriend, now wife, Rosanne. The Executive Director position affords him the opportunity to combine his passion for the sport with his professional background to help the industry grow and thrive under an umbrella of effective regulation. To that end, Tom is also a member of the Association of Racing Commissioners International Board of Directors, Model Rules Committee, and Strategic Planning Committee. Through this participation at the national level, Tom seeks to represent Minnesota’s unique racing industry and to provide impetus to needed national reform initiatives.

Tom is also a member of the Mitchell Hamline School of Law Center for Law and Business Advisory Board and the Minnesota Council on Crime and Justice Board.


The Racing Commission is comprised of nine members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate for six-year terms.

Commissioners

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Ralph Strangis, Chair
Term Expires: 6/30/2019

Ralph Strangis returned to the MRC as Chairman in 2013.  Mr. Strangis previously served as Chairman from 1989-1992. He attended the University of Minnesota where he received a BSL degree and a doctorate in law (JD) (magna cum laude). He is a founding member of the law firm of Kaplan, Strangis and Kaplan, P.A. Mr. Strangis has served on numerous public and non-profit Boards.


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Dan Erhart
Term Expires: 6/30/2017

Dan Erhart was appointed to the MRC in 2012, and also serves on the commission’s finance committee. A graduate of the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science Degree, Mr. Erhart has served 30 years as an Anoka County Commissioner, serving as chair for 18 of those years.  Mr. Erhart’s previous employment in various management positions in the areas of finance, production, and government relations brings a wealth of experience to the MRC.


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Camille McArdle, DVM
Term Expires: 6/30/2017

Dr. Camille McArdle was originally appointed to the MRC in 1993 and currently serves on the racing and compliance committees.  She began her involvement with the racing industry by grooming and exercising horses at south Florida tracks.  Dr. McArdle earned her doctorate in veterinary medicine in 1982 from Ohio State University.  Following graduation she served as the official regulatory veterinarian at Hialeah, Calder, and Gulfstream Park, as well as at the Pompano harness meet.  In 1985, Dr. McArdle was recruited for the position of Chief Commission Veterinarian for the MRC to help get pari-mutuel racing started in this state.  Dr. McArdle is presently a shelter veterinarian.


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Dave Roe
Term Expires: 6/30/2017

Dave Roe was appointed to the MRC in 2011 and also serves on the Administrative Affairs Committee.  He is a Navy veteran and longtime union leader who became the president of the State Building Trade Council in 1957 and was elected president of the Minnesota AFL-CIO in 1966 and served in that post until 1985.  Mr. Roe served on the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota for almost 12 years.  In 2009, he led the effort for the creation of The Minnesota Workers Memorial Garden on the State Capitol, the first and only one of its kind in the United States.


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James Lane III
Term Expires: 6/30/2021

Jim Lane is in his second 6-year term as a Minnesota Racing Commission member.  He was appointed in 2009 and reappointed in 2015.  He is current Commission Vice Chair, chairs the Administrative Affairs Committee, and is a member of the Racing Committee. Jim is a graduate of Princeton University and William Mitchell College of Law.  For the past 20 years he has maintained a general law practice in Minneapolis that includes equine law.  He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Animal Humane Society and was a founding member of the Minnesota Horse Welfare Coalition in 2008.  He also is a horse sports enthusiast, having played polo with the Twin City Polo Club for 20 years and ridden for pleasure most of his life.


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Lisa Goodman
Term Expires: 6/30/2019

Lisa Goodman was appointed to the Minnesota Racing Commission in March, 2014 and also serves on the Administrative Affairs Committee.  She is a native of Chicago, Illinois, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Political Science and Labor Relations. Ms. Goodman is currently an elected member of the Minneapolis City Council, representing the 7th ward, and is the Chairperson of the City Council’s Community Development and Regulatory Services Committee. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Family Housing Fund, Meet Minneapolis, Midwest Legacy Fund, and Dog Grounds LLC which she founded to build off-leash dog parks in downtown Minneapolis.


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Alan Gingold
Term Expires: 6/30/2019

Alan Gingold became a member of the MRC in March, 2014 and also chairs the commission’s Finance committee. Mr. Gingold has a Master of Science degree in Finance and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. He is the Chief Financial Officer and a shareholder of Lorenz Bus Service which he and another shareholder acquired in 1994.  Since the early 1970’s until 1994 Mr. Gingold was an investment banker, principally with Piper, Jaffray & Hopwood, and a private investor.


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Jerry Bell
Term Expires: 6/30/2021

Jerry Bell, who recently served as Chairman of the Minnesota Twins Executive Board, also held the position of President of the ballclub from 1987-2002.  Mr. Bell oversaw the development, design, construction and opening of Target Field.  His leadership was central to the ballpark’s ground-breaking design and successful management of the project’s budget and timeline.  He was instrumental to the 1987 and 1991 World Championship seasons of the Twins and setting an American League attendance record in 1988 when the team attracted over three million fans.  Mr. Bell also served as Executive Director of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission which oversaw the Metrodome prior to joining the Twins’ organization and also serves on Rochester’s Destination Medical Center (DMC) Economic Development Agency (EDA) Board.



Barbara Colombo
Term Expires: 6/30/2021

Barbara Colombo, is a Professor and Director of the Health Care Compliance Certification Program at Mitchell Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, MN.  She graduated with honors from William Mitchell College of Law and practiced with the law firm of Robins, Kaplan, Miller and Ciresi.  Prior to her law career, Ms. Colombo practiced as a critical care registered nurse.  She has also served as the Assistant Commissioner for the Minnesota Department of Health and is a former member of the Animal Humane Society focusing on equine matters.  Ms. Colombo is the President of the Minnesota Horse Welfare Coalition and co-founded the Minnesota Hay Bank in 2012 which has dispersed over $40,000 of feed and other assistance to Minnesota’s most vulnerable horses.


Duties of the Racing Commission

The legislature has empowered the Racing Commission to carry out the following duties including, among others, the authority to:

  1. Regulate horse racing and card playing at Minnesota racetracks to ensure that they are conducted in the public interest;
  2. Issue licenses;
  3. Enforce all laws and rules governing horse racing and card playing;
  4. Collect and distribute all taxes under MS Chapter 240;
  5. Conduct investigations necessary to carry out its duties;
  6.  Supervise the conduct of pari-mutuel betting on horse racing and card playing;
  7.  Employ and supervise personnel under MS Chapter 240;
  8. Determine the number of racing days to be held in the state at each licensed racetrack;
  9. Take all necessary steps to ensure the integrity of racing and card playing in Minnesota; and
  10. Impose fees on the racing and card playing industries sufficient to recover the operating costs of the Commission.

Upcoming Events

  1. Administrative Affairs Meeting

    August 2 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  2. ARCI Town Hall Meeting

    August 3 @ 11:30 am - 2:30 pm


Integrity Hotline Info

Phone: 952.496.7950 or 651.925.3951
Email: mrcintegrity@state.mn.us


Annual Report

2015 Annual Rpt Cover


Annual Report to the Governor