Oregon Racing Commission

Present Duties

State Office Building
The State Office Building in Portland houses the central offices of the Oregon Racing Commission. (Oregon State Archives Photo)
The commission was established in 1933 and regulates all aspects of live horse racing in Oregon. The commission is the nation’s leader in licensing multi-jurisdictional, simulcast, advance deposit wagering companies. The agency promotes the safety of the sport for all participants, equine and human, and ensures the integrity of the contests for the wagering public. There is one commercial race meet held in Portland and five summer fair race meets around the state, which include locations at Union, Grants Pass, Prineville, Tillamook and Harney County. The mission of the agency is to regulate and facilitate all aspects of the pari-mutuel (wagering) industry in Oregon for the benefit of the citizenry, licensees, participants and economy of the state. The agency employs 12.27 full-time equivalent staff and licenses 3,700 horse racing participants, nine advance deposit wagering companies and four tote companies.​
Agency Website​

Contact Information

Mailing Address: 800 NE Oregon St., Suite 310, Portland 97232
Telephone: 971-673-0207
Fax: 971-673-0213
Contact: Jack McGrail, Executive Director
Administrative Rules Coordinator: See Contact List for Racing Commission​
Location Map: by Google Maps

Legal & Legislative Information

Statutory Authority: ORS 462.210

Budget Analysis - by Legislative Fiscal Office
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Records & Publications

State Archives Holdings from This Agency

The following are selected abbreviated listings from the holdings of the Oregon State Archives. Additional records may be available. These records may be viewed free of charge at the State Archives Building in Salem. Copies are available for a fee. Take the Web tour for more information about visiting or ordering copies from the Oregon State Archives.
Title: Annual Reports
Dates: 1937, 1979
Cubic Ft.: .1
Title: Budgets
Dates: 1945-1981
Cubic Ft.: .2
Title: Commission Minutes
Dates: 1980, 1984-1994
Cubic Ft.: 4
Title: Correspondence
Dates: 1933-1979
Cubic Ft.: .5
Title: Photographs - Dog Races, Horse Races
Dates: 1946-1980
Cubic Ft.: .1
Title: Race Meet Rules and Regulations
Dates: 1951-1979
Cubic Ft.: .1