Appeal: Within three (3) days of a ruling by the Board of Stewards, you may appeal that ruling to the Director. The appeal must be in writing, contain the grounds for appeal, and be signed by you or your attorney.
Referral: The Board of Stewards may refer matters ruled on, including license denials, to the Director. The Director has the authority to affirm, reverse or modify the Stewards’ rulings and to conduct hearings as deemed appropriate.
Sua Sponte: The Director, after preliminarily reviewing rulings by the Board of Stewards, may decide to hear a matter heard by the Stewards, even if not appealed or referred. The Director has the authority to affirm, reverse or modify the Stewards’ rulings and to conduct hearings as deemed appropriate.
Hearings are conducted in accordance with the provisions of the Arizona Administrative Procedures Act A.R.S. § 41-1061 and the Arizona Administrative Code R19-2-123 and R19-2-322. View the statute and rules.
Some complaints have filing or response times designated by rule. According to Arizona Administrative Code R19-2-121(D), R19-2-309(D) and R19-2-516:
A person with a grievance or complaint against a track official, an employee of the permittee, or a licensee shall submit it in writing to the ADG Racing Division Stewards within five (5) days of the alleged objectionable act or behavior.
A person with a grievance or complaint against an official or employee of the ADG shall report it in writing to ADG within five (5) days of the alleged objectionable act or behavior.
ADG’s goal is to respond to all complaints as soon as possible. Some complaints may require additional time for investigation and research due to their complexity. If you do not hear from us within 30 days, please call (602) 364-1709.