Association Steward
Job Description

Penn National Gaming has thrilled and entertained guests since 1971 when it all began as a horse racing venue.  From a single race track, we have grown to be one of the nation’s largest gaming companies, operating properties that offer broad and diverse gaming and pari-mutuel wagering experiences.  PENN is dedicated to becoming the undisputed leader in guest service by offering a Red Carpet experience for each and every guest.

Your daily responsibilities include:
  • Interprets/ enforces the Ohio State Racing Commission administrative rules
  • Makes Decisions not specifically covered by code or rules to insure the integrity of Pari-mutuel racing/wagering
  • Authority over all horses and all persons, licensed or unlicensed, on association grounds during a race meeting as to all matters related to racing
  • Reviews alleged violations; issues rulings after hearing testimony and may levy fines/suspensions and/or make recommendations to the Ohio State Racing Commission for further action
  • Reviews initial applications for license, interviews applicants, clarifies information, and makes a decision on the ability of the applicant to be licensed
  • Advises track management. Law enforcement officers, licensees, owners, trainers, jockeys and the general public on the Ohio Code and administrative rules and resolves regulatory disputes; notifies track management of potential compliance issues with proposed changes in internal procedures
  • Observes the running of live races/replays on video tape and determines if starting gates opened simultaneously. That there was no interference of a horse and jockeys/horses put forth their best effort; may disqualify a horse and change the order of finish if warranted; ensures lock of each race and declares every race official
  • Monitors patterns of wagering and may cancel wagering if irregularities are discovered
  • Works with veterinarians to insure that required body fluid samples are being taken; receives lab reports on positives, non-positives and suspicious results and follows up on outstanding tests; notifies trainers on positive tests and arranges a hearing
  • Performs related work as required
To be successful in this position it will require the following skill set:

Job Requirements

  • Must be a graduate of a Judge Accreditation School/ Program approved by The Ohio State Racing Commission
  • Must have served as a steward, racing secretary, assistant racing secretary, starter, placing judge, patrol judge or clerk of scales for a minimum of 3 years or has engaged in racing as an owner, trainer, jockey, veterinarian or breeder for at least 5 years and has been an observer in the stewards stand for no less than 30 days
  • Must have 20/20 vision or corrected 20/20 vision and ability to distinguish colors correctly
  • Confidence about moving in close proximity to racehorses
  • An extensive knowledge of the rules of racing; application of appropriate penalties, racing protocols, animal welfare and duty of care requirements; preparation of budgets; development of rules and policy recommendations; and effective skills in public speaking.
  • Must have high standards of ethical conduct. Exhibits honesty and integrity.
  • Must display a high level of initiative, effort and commitment towards completing assignments efficiently. Works with minimal supervision Demonstrates responsible behavior and attention to detail
  • Works and communicates with others in a polite, courteous, and cooperative manner
Something to leave you with:

Penn National Gaming is more than you may realize. We have properties throughout the United States and Canada and are embarking on an aggressive growth mode. Our departments and areas of opportunity are ideal for just about any skill set. And our company-wide commitment to making sure our guests smile as much as we do means you’ll enjoy a fun working environment.

Now that you have read about who we are, here is your opportunity to see what we're about!

Equal Opportunity Employer


Company Overview

Penn National Gaming owns, operates or has ownership interests in gaming and racing facilities with a focus on slot machine entertainment. The Company presently operates twenty-nine facilities in nineteen jurisdictions, including Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, West Virginia, and Ontario. In aggregate, Penn National's operated facilities feature approximately 36,800 gaming machines, 850 table games, 2,900 hotel rooms and 1.6 million square feet of gaming floor space.


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