Daniel Hartman, director of the Colorado Division of Racing Events, is the new chairman of the Association of Racing Commissioners International.
Hartman replaces Erin Owens, the immediate past chair of the Arizona Racing Commission. RCI members are gathered in Lexington for their annual meeting April 12-14.
Hartman has regulated racing in Colorado for 17 years. Prior to that he was general manager of the former Black Hills Greyhound track in Rapid City, S.D., and served as director of racing at Waterloo Greyhound Park in Waterloo, Iowa.
He is a past member of the board of the American Greyhound Track Operators Association as well as past president of the North American Pari-Mutuel Regulators Association. Hartman was a member of the team that successfully negotiated the unification of NAPRA and RCI in 2005, and has served on the RCI board of directors since that time.
“RCI plays a pivotal role in racing through our model rules, drug classifications, and creative initiatives to achieve uniformity through an interstate compact,” Hartman said in a statement. “It is my hope and intent to continue to raise the bar for regulators by involving commission attorneys and investigators in our efforts to better coordinate regulatory policy.”