Racing Commission

The Oregon Racing Commission (ORC) was established in 1933. The agency regulates all aspects of live horse racing in Oregon. The ORC 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, the licensees, the participants and the economy of the state. The agency employs 12.27 full-time equivalent employees and licenses 3,700 horse racing participants, nine advance deposit wagering companies and four tote companies.