Eric Johnston

MATCH Series: Laki Seeks Repeat Divisional Title In 2019

The four MATCH Series stakes scheduled for June 1 at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course attracted a total of 130 nominations including several winners from the first round of the series April 20 at Laurel Park. Penn National, the second stop on a five-track MATCH Series tour this year, will offer eight stakes […]

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241 Horses Nominated To June 1 Penn Mile Day Stakes At Penn National

Klaravich Stables, Inc.’s undefeated Digital Age, upset winner of the Grade 2 American Turf Stakes on Kentucky Derby Day at Churchill Downs, headlines an overflowing list of 47 top 3-year-old turf runners nominated to the Grade 2, $500,000 Penn Mile, the marquee race of the year at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course in […]

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Pennsylvania Commission: Another Horse Removed From Trainer, Active Investigation Underway

Days after the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission extended penalties given to owner/trainer Mario Rafael Rodriguez for “failure to provide proper veterinarian care” to a horse with a broken ankle, the commission confirms there is an active and ongoing investigation into Rodriguez’s operation at Penn National. State veterinarians and commission officials removed another horse, a […]

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Pennsylvania: Trainer Suspended 45 Days After ‘Failure To Provide Care’ To Horse With Broken Leg

The Penn National board of stewards on Dec. 1 handed down a 45-day suspension and $500 fine to trainer Mario Rafael Rodriguez for “failure to provide proper veterinarian care” to his 6-year-old gelding, Silent Ruler. Track officials were alerted to the son of Roman Ruler and veteran of 50 starts on Sept. 24, and he […]

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‘More Time Putting Out Fires Than Promoting’: Johnston Determined To Restore Penn National’s Reputation

Penn National Race Course has been mired in scandal over the past few years, as 10 people – four trainers, four veterinarians, a racing official and a clocker – were arrested and charged with race fixing. Other incidents such as horses testing positive for drug overages, etc., have further tarnished the racetrack’s reputation. Eric Johnston, […]

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Jenny Bowman Promoted To Racing Secretary At Penn National

Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course is pleased to announce the promotion of Jenny Bowman to the position of Racing Secretary. Jenny fills the role left vacant with the retirement of David Bailey, and she joins Georganne Hale and Alison De Luca as one of the few women to occupy this vital position at […]

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Johnston Named Penn National Director of Racing

Eric Johnston, currently Vice President of Racing/Racing Secretary at Sam Houston Race Park, has been named Director of Racing Operations for Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course. Johnston, a native of Grantville, Pennsylvania where Penn National is located, began his racing official’s career at that facility in 1983 and also served as a racing […]

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GOOD NEWS FRIDAY sponsored by Liberation Farm: A TEXAS TREASURE

By Martha Claussen On May 1 at Churchill Downs, millions will watch the most elite 3-year-old Thoroughbreds compete in the Kentucky Derby. The Run for the Roses is a heralded sporting event, with festive hats, Mint Juleps and two minutes of heart-pounding excitement. The reality is that the majority of all racehorses will never […]

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THE CLAUSSEN CORNER: CATCHING UP WITH BORK

As the Paulick Report continues to grow, we will be bringing on more turf writers and industry insiders to share their opinions and perspective on the racing industry across the country and internationally. Longtime turf writer Martha Claussen, currently with SureBet Racing News, will be writing a piece for the Paulick Report once a month […]

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