Pennsylvania HBPA Director Defends State’s ‘Healthy’ Horse Racing Industry

by | 05.21.2016 | 9:33am
Penn National Racecourse

In a letter to the editor published on, Pennsylvania Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association executive director Todd Mostoller vigorously defended his state's horse racing industry.

“Despite recent stories from Pennlive about Penn National Race Course,” wrote Mostoller, “horse racing at the East Hanover Twp. facility – and the industry in general – reveal a sport that is among the most tested of any in the world. The results show a healthy industry that puts integrity first.”

He argues that not only does Pennsylvania have one of the “finest” horse toxicology labs in the world, but that 99.5 percent of the state's post-race testing samples are cleared by the lab. The PA HBPA has donated funds to continue to enhance that testing technology. The state was one of the first in the nation to ban third-party race-day treatment by veterinarians. And the PA HBPA has a post-racing program funded by an owner-paid fee at Penn National.

Find the letter in its entirety at

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