Steve May of Georgetown, Kentucky, has been appointed by Minnesota Governor Tim Walz as the next executive director of the Minnesota Racing Commission. May will assume his new duties in late April, succeeding Tom DiPasquale, who retired in February after serving as director since 2013.
“Steve May has had broad background in racing and pari-mutuel operations and is well suited by education and experience to lead the fine commission staff assembled here in Minnesota by his predecessor,” said Minnesota Racing Commission chairman Jim Lane.
May is the Director of Pari-Mutuel Wagering and Compliance for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. Previously, he was vice president and business manager of the Association of Racing Commissioners International, a national association that represents pari-mutuel racing regulators in most racing states, including Minnesota. May’s educational background includes bachelor and master degrees, including an MBA.
In regard to anticipated opening of live racing in Minnesota in mid-May Lane added, “We simply don’t know what the future of this pandemic holds for our sport. At least for now, we must remain vigilant and exercise common sense by following applicable CDC and Minnesota Department of Health guidelines to protect ourselves and families, horsemen, racetrack and card club customers, and commission and racing association employees. As we’re being reminded daily, ‘we’re all in this together’.”