While the IHRC claimed they wanted an Executive Director who promoted horse racing, not just someone who handed down justice to rule breakers, speculations abounds Gorajec's departure was either engineered by the Governor and/or following complaints from horsemen objecting to Gorajec's no-nonsense approach in enforcing the rules.
Note to the IHRC: With respect to promoting racing to horseplayers, you just fired the best reason to play Indiana racing of all breeds, a no-nonsense enforcer of the rules who had no problem coming down hard on cheats and people found guilty of violating racing rules. By firing Gorajec, you just relegated Indiana racing to the back bench with other states who 'speak loudly and carry a light stick'; ready to hand down compromise decisions in order to expedite the handling of infractions. Whatever perception Indiana horse racing had as being tough on cheats has gotten thrown out the window.
Promoting horse racing? If you can name more than a handful of states which actively promote horse racing, I would be surprised. Racing commissions are regulators and quite honestly, are mouthpieces to the movers and shakers in horse racing in each state. In most states, other than the token effort to promote racing, the commission basically represents the interests of the breeders, horsemen, and racetracks. Hence, I find the argument the commission wanted an executive director to market the sport disingenuous.
Make no mistake, there are horsemen and veterinarians involved in the various breeds of racing who are happy to see Gorjac gone. Of course, those who play by the rules find their position weakened as a result of his termination.
So horseplayers, you are on notice. The IHRC has sent you a message. Odds are you're not liking it.