Patterson Named Chair of Delaware Commission

He has been a member of the regulatory body since his appointment in 1988.

W. Duncan Patterson and Edward Stegmeier have been appointed chairman and secretary, respectively, of the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission by Gov. Jack Markell.

Bernard Daney, chairman of the regulatory agency for almost 20 years, stepped down this summer but will continue to serve as a member of the five-member commission. He will hold the title of chairman emeritus.

"I am proud to call Bernard Daney a friend and colleague," Patterson said. "His work over the last two decades has helped make Delaware racing what it is today. I look forward to continuing his tradition of strong leadership on these important issues."

DTRC executive director John Wayne said Daney has taken a strong stance on equine health and other issues. "His leadership on matters affecting horses and advocacy for jockeys and horsemen has been central to the success and strength of Delaware's racing industry," he said.

Patterson has been a commissioner since his appointment by Gov. Michael Castle in 1988. A former Thoroughbred trainer, Patterson is next in line to serve as chairman of the Association of Racing Commissioners International.

Daney, a former RCI chairman, has served as a board member and treasurer of the Pennsylvania Horse Breeders' Association for more than 20 years.

The DTRC oversees racing at Delaware Park. Racing at Dover Downs and Harrington Raceway is regulated by the Delaware Harness Racing Commission.