Minnesota Commission Officials Investigated

Report also says commission executive director has announced retirement.

Two officials with the Minnesota Racing Commission are being investigated for undisclosed reasons, according to a report in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, which also reported that the commission's executive director has announced his retirement.

According to the newspaper, commission executive deputy director Mary Manney and chief veterinarian Dr. Lynn Hovda are being investigated by the Minnesota Management and Budget Office.

Racing commission member Mark Urista said he had been briefed on the probe but that commission members were not to have any discussions amongst themselves about the investigation, the newspaper reported.

Commission chair Jesse Overton said the investigations are out of the commission's hands and will not be discussed at the Oct. 18 meeting.

A spokesman for Canterbury Park, one of two tracks overseen by the commission, said the Thoroughbred track is not involved in the investigation and is unaware of the nature of the probe.

Urista also told the newspaper Oct. 16 that Richard Krueger, the commission's executive director, had announced his retirement. Krueger was unavailable to comment on his plans, according to the Tribune.