Pennsylvania Racing Commission

Pennsylvania Changes Two Claiming Rules, Shortens ‘Jail’ Time On Claim Price

A recent rule change going into effect at Parx, Penn National, and Presque Isle Downs will lighten one of of Pennsylvania’s claiming “jail” rules, shortening the amount of a time a trainer is restricted to running the horse at a higher claim price. Previously, if a trainer claimed a horse for $10,000 and wanted to […]

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Pennsylvania Racing: 2018 ‘Wishlist’ Includes Better Enforcement Of Uniform Drug Policy, Lowering Takeout

The racing industry in Pennsylvania certainly had its share of ‘good news’ and ‘bad news’ stories in 2017, from state lawmakers finally signing legislation that will guarantee the current funding level for the Race Horse Development Fund to the conviction of Penn National-based trainer Murray Rojas, who was found guilty of 14 charges of “administering medications […]

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Gorajec: Will It Be The End For Racing If Pennsylvania Doesn’t ‘Clean Up Its Act’?

In his latest column for Thoroughbred Racing Commentary, Joe Gorajec discusses the racing industry in Pennsylvania, which has been riddled with corruption for years. In his article, Gorajec ponders what will happen if the industry “doesn’t clean up its act”? What could the possible punishment(s) be…or, should racing be shutdown altogether? Read more at Thoroughbred Racing Commentary

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‘Mitigating Circumstances’: Miller Fined $1500 For Methamphetamine Positive In Pennsylvania

Trainer Peter Miller has officially been fined $1500 by the Pennsylvania Racing Commission, resulting from a positive test for methamphetamine in his trainee Richard’s Boy. Richard’s Boy ran in the $200,000 Pennsylvania Governor’s Cup on June 3 at Penn National, finishing second by a head to Bold Thunder. Bold Thunder was disqualified to second for interference, […]

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Sound Familiar? Preciado’s Training License Revoked A Second Time

The Daily Racing Form reported Wednesday that the Pennsylvania Racing Commission has revoked the license of embattled trainer Ramon Preciado, which is the second time in a few weeks Preciado has been notified his license will be taken away. Stewards at Parx Racing revoked his license on Dec. 12 for a clenbuterol overage Preciado incurred in July. […]

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Parx Refuses To Take Entries From Preciado After Commission Denies Stay of License Revocation

The Pennsylvania State Racing Commission has denied trainer Ramon Preciado a stay of its recent ruling to revoke his trainer’s license, effective Dec. 22. The revocation was issued as a result of a clenbuterol violation in July. Parx Racing in Bensalem, Pa., did not accept entries from Preciado today for racing next Monday, Dec. 26, the track’s […]

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Legislative Amendment Moving Forward To Restore Pennsylvania Breeders Awards

House Bill 2303, which went into effect in February of this year, included language which mistakenly changed how breeders’ awards in the state of Pennsylvania were awarded. As a result, breeders in the state have not gotten any awards since that date. An amendment to correct the Breeder distribution wording was agreed to and unanimously […]

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Parx Jockey Sues Pennsylvania Racing Commission Executive

Jockey Angel Castillo has sued Walter Remmert, executive secretary of the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission, over a May 12, 2015, incident at Parx Racing in which Castillo was taken off his mounts after the discovery of an electrical device in the jockeys’ room. In a complaint filed May 4 in U.S. District Court for the […]

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Parx Agrees To Take Entries From Preciado As Trainer Fights Suspension

Two days after his lawyer filed a temporary restraining order against Parx Racing, track management told the Daily Racing Form that trainer Ramon Preciado will be permitted to enter horses once again. Entries on Preciado’s horses will be taken on cards beginning May 2. Preciado’s legal counsel filed a lawsuit against racetrack personnel after the track banned him from […]

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Pennsylvania Legislation Would Give Horsemen, Breeders Regulatory Clout

Horsemen and breeders in Pennsylvania will have unprecedented powers as regulators if legislation recently approved by the state’s House of Representatives is, as expected, passed by the Senate and signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf. The legislation, House Bill 941, would create a new State Horse Racing Commission comprised of nine members: five appointed by […]

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