The Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission confirmed May 6 that acting executive secretary Michael Dillon has resigned.
“I can confirm now that Michael resigned effective this week,” said commission spokesperson Justin Fleming. “I can’t give any other detail or reasons why he resigned, but I can say he is no longer here.”
When asked if the PHRC had put a plan in place in order to find someone to fill Dillon’s role, Fleming said, “Right now, we’re conferring with the commission and the governor’s administration to move forward."
Dillon has served as acting executive secretary for about a year, before which the position was held by Ben Nolt. Under Dillon’s guidance, the PHRC ejected Thoroughbred owner Michael Gill from Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course in early February. According to the commission, the purpose of Gill’s expulsion was to protect the orderly conduct of racing, but the organization made no mention of any safety-related charges against Gill.
Gill’s trainer, Anthony Adamo, also was ejected and later suspended.
A previous release from the PHRC stated the organization had received “multiple reports” that the presence of Gill and Adamo caused disruptions at Penn National. The commission cited letters received from Penn National management, jockeys, and the Pennsylvania Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association.
Since Dillon has been in office, there has also been an ongoing investigation into racing operations at Penn National. It is in the hands of a local grand jury.