Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission Chairman W. Duncan Patterson recently announced that the commission promoted James A. Lages to the position of chief state steward.

Lages, who has worked for the Delaware Commission for the past two years, fills the void left when long-time Chief Steward G. Jack Houghton Jr. retired at the end of the 2017 live racing season.

“Mr. Lages has earned the respect of the commission and his co-workers during his time in Delaware,” said Patterson. “His experience as a racing official and former participation as a jockey gives him a field level perspective of the industry that will be beneficial to the commission.”

Lages has served as a state steward in New Jersey, Florida, Illinois and Minnesota. He has also been a racing official in Kentucky.

John F. Wayne, DTRC executive director, said Lages has done a good job since coming aboard from Canterbury Park, where he was respected by his fellow racing regulators.

The Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission regulates and oversees the sport of Thoroughbred and Arabian racing in the state.

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