Shane Bacon joins Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.

Shane Bacon recently joined the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry as the new executive director of the Maine Harness Racing Commission.

He was previously a New York State Gaming Commission steward, responsible for implementing the commission rules and the presiding judge at Yonkers Raceway. He also presided at Monticello, Vernon Downs, Saratoga Harness, and Buffalo Raceway.

As a judge, he issued rulings for drug infractions, driving violations, and other rule violations and also was responsible for track testing facilities and hiring inspectors and state veterinarians. He has worked in some capacity within racing since 1983, including marketing and race announcing.

Bacon started race announcing in Maine at Lewiston Raceway in 1986 and was the race announcer and an oddsmaker at Pocono Downs in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, for eight years. He is familiar with racing’s challenges and opportunities, including in Maine.

Before becoming a full-time judge in 2013, Bacon ran a successful food business in Maine for five years. He likes weight lifting, bike riding, and ocean swimming.

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