Penn National Gaming: 2013 Horse Racing Guide Outlines New Protocols, Rules for Racing Conduct

by | 03.15.2013 | 8:50am

Penn National Gaming, Inc. (PNGI) has published the 2013 edition of the Horse Racing Guide, which covers a wide range of practices and procedures designed to foster integrity and accountability among all participants at PNGI racetracks.

First issued in 2011, the latest version of the Horse Racing Guide incorporates a number of updates to the section governing standards of conduct, including:

·         Refusal of entries to horses that have received a confirmed positive test for a Class 1 or Class 2 medication for a minimum of 30 days (in addition to actions to be taken regarding trainers).   Additionally, all horses in the care of a trainer receiving a Class 1 or Class 2 positive test may be requested to vacate the racetrack grounds.

·         Owners of a horse that receives a confirmed positive test for a Class 1 or Class 2 medication with two different trainers in any recognized jurisdiction will not be permitted to participate at any PNGI track. Additionally, the racetrack may deny privileges for an owner to participate following the first positive test for a Class 1 or Class 2 medication of one of their horses.

·         Expanded rules governing the transfer of horses from an individual not permitted at PNGI tracks or not properly licensed by the appropriate regulatory body.

·         A requirement that following a catastrophic injury during live racing at a PNGI track, the trainer and/or any other individuals associated with the care of the horse will be required to participate in a mortality review meeting with track officials and veterinarians. This practice has been in place since early 2010 at Penn National Race Course and has been expanded to most PNGI properties.

“The Horse Racing Guide is one of the most important documents that we publish,” said Penn National Gaming, Inc's Corporate Vice President of Racing Chris McErlean. “We had significant input from all our racing properties in updating this year's edition and it reflects a number of new and progressive policies that will help ensure racing at Penn National tracks is conducted with the highest possible levels of integrity and accountability.”

In addition to the corporate standards of racing, each PNGI racing property produces a local guide with information on its racing officials, safety rules, racing guidelines, and pertinent other locally-based information.

The following guides are currently available online:

Beulah Park – Click on Racing Office

Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races

Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course

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