Penn National Race Course

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 […]

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Penn National tightens policy on race-day furosemide

Penn National Race Course has become the first of Pennsylvania’s three Thoroughbred tracks to tighten the guidelines on administering race-day furosemide, according to a report at the Blood-Horse. The new rule, which went into effect July 11, states that furosemide can only be administered by third-party veterinarians. In addition, no private vets will be allowed […]

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Penn National adjusts post times due to heat

Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course will move first race post time from 6PM to 7:00 pm on Friday night, July 6, and Saturday night, July 7, in an effort to minimize the effects of the heat wave that is dominating the mid-Atlantic region. “We did this last Saturday night and the extra hour […]

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Gill-Adamo trial: Michael Dillon defends actions

Michael Dillon, former acting executive secretary of the state Horse Racing Commission in Pennsylvania, testified in court on Monday defending his ejection of Michael Gill and Anthony Adamo from Penn National in early 2010, reports the Patriot-News. Dillon admits he did not talk to Gill or Adamo before their ejection, nor did he investigate the […]

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The story of a $175 mare and an unlikely racehorse

The Patriot-News tells the story of a mare purchased for $175 almost a decade ago to save her from what could have been the slaughterhorse.  Fast-forward nine years, and a daughter produced by the mare is expected to make her first racetrack start at age 5 Thursday at Penn National. The man who purchased the […]

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Penn National unveils record $1.95 million stakes schedule

The 40th running of the $200,000 Pennsylvania Governor’s Cup at five furlongs on the turf is the highlight of a record $1.95 million stakes schedule announced by Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course.      A pair of $75,000 stakes for Pennsylvania-breds kicks off the added money season on June 1. The track’s annual […]

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Michelson: I can account for every horse that I sold for Kelsey Lefever

Melissa Michelson, who was associated with Kelsey Lefever when the latter was operating an alleged horse adoption for slaughter scam out of Penn National racecourse last May, issued a statement distancing herself from Lefever, who has been charged with five counts of deceptive business practices and theft by deception. Lefever has a preliminary hearing scheduled […]

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Pennsylvania congressman calls for passage of slaughter prevention bill

A Pennsylvania congressman urged support Thursday for the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act in response to the charges against 24-year-old Kelsey Lefever, the Pennsylvania woman accused of selling horses to slaughter in Canada under false pretenses.  The charges were first reported by the Paulick Report this week. Rep. Patrick Meehan, a Republican who represents Pennsylvania’s […]

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Protect Your Horses: You Are All They Have

In the wake of the disturbing allegations against 24-year-old Kelsey Lefever, the Pennsylvania woman charged with deceptive business practices and theft by deception in a case involving horse adoption and slaughter, Allie Conrad, executive director of CANTER Mid Atlantic, posted a very compelling piece on Facebook about what horse owners can do to keep their […]

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Kelsey Lefever Case: How to Prevent the Alleged Practices?

Yesterday we broke the news of Kelsey Lefever, a 24-year-old woman who has allegedly been misrepresenting her intentions of finding a new home for retired racehorses in Pennsylvania and taking them to kill-buyers instead. She was quoted in the Affidavit of Probable Cause by a friend saying, “I killed every one of those f—ing horses, […]

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