Court puts Penn National’s move to ban trainer on hold
Here is a curious case, but not a surprising one given the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission's longstanding record of regulatory impotence.
On Friday, trainer Tito Moreno received a temporary restraining order in United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania on Friday preventing Penn National racetrack and racing director Mark Loewe from excluding Moreno's horses from being entered at the Grantville, Pa., and from ordering his horses off the racetrack property, pending a hearing.
A preliminary hearing will be held on Thursday in Harrisburg, Pa.
Christopher McErlean, Penn National Gaming Inc.'s vice president of racing, said the company would not comment on the track's decision to exclude Moreno because it is a pending legal matter.
Moreno has won eight races from 68 starts during the 2012 Penn National meeting. His last runner was Aug. 3 at Penn National. Horses from his barn entered since that date have been ordered scratched – apparently by Penn National officials.
The Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission is believed to be investigating the matter but has taken no action against Moreno.