Search Me? Penn National Assistant Starter’s License Revoked

Stewards at Penn National in Grantville, Pa., have revoked the license of an assistant starter who refused to allow himself or his car to be searched after the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission said it “executed a search of all Penn National starting gate crew members after receiving intelligence that an assistant starter was providing electrical devices to jockeys.”

The assistant starter, Douglas A. Dietrich, was summarily suspended on Jan. 21, one day after he refused to allow a search, according to the ruling. On Jan. 22, following an emergency hearing and “after considering all testimony and evidence,” the occupational license of Dietrich was revoked.

Stewards found that Dietrich violated 7 PA. Code Section 181.18, 185.1 (c), 185.2, 185.12, 305.32, 305.33, 179.22 and 179.23.

— SECTION 181.18. Search within track premises.

— SECTION 185.1 ( c). General Provisions (c) By acceptance of a license, a licensee consents to search and inspection by the Commission or its agents of the licensee’s person, personal property and areas under the licensee’s possession, care or control. The licensee explicitly consents to the seizure of any prohibited medication, drugs, paraphernalia or other illegal devices or contraband in accordance with State and Federal law and with the applicable provisions of the act.

— SECTION 185.12. Grounds for refusal, denial, suspension or revocation of license.

— SECTION 185.2. Conduct of licensee. A licensee shall not, alone or in concert with another person, engage in inappropriate, illegal or unethical conduct which violates the Commission’s rules and regulations of racing, is inconsistent with the best interests and integrity of racing or otherwise undermines the general public’s faith, public perception and confidence in the racing industry.

— SECTION 305.32. Power of the Stewards.

— SECTION 305.33. Disciplinary action.

— SECTION 179.22. General Power of the Judges and Stewards.

— SECTION 179.23. Jurisdiction of Judges and Stewards.

The ruling stated that Dietrich is denied access to all grounds under the jurisdiction of the commission. He has 10 days to appeal the license revocation.

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