Pennsylvania

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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Parx Cancels Sunday Cards Through May 2018; Racing Drops To Three Days Per Week

Beginning this Sunday, Dec. 3rd, Parx will cut its live racing schedule back to three days per week. There will be no live Sunday racing at the Bensalem, Penn. track from this weekend through May 2018. The track will now race live on Saturday, Monday and Tuesday. Post time will remain at 12:25 PM. Parx […]

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Pennsylvania Horse Positive For EHV-1

A dressage barn in Pennsylvania is under quarantine after a horse in Butler County tested positive for EHV-1 (wild-type). After showing neurological signs, the horse was tested via nasal swab and blood samples, confirming the diagnosis. Additionally, one other private farm is under quarantine as it had recently received a horse from the affected barn. […]

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West Coast Dominates Pennsylvania Derby; Runner-Up Irap Vanned Off

Gary and Mary West’s aptly-named West Coast dominated his second straight Grade 1 race in Saturday’s $1 million Pennsylvania Derby, cruising under the wire 7 1/4 lengths in front of his competition. Off as the heavy favorite at 4-5 under Mike Smith, West Coast galloped alongside the pacesetter Outplay down the backstretch, ranged up alongside […]

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Pennsylvania Governor, Boston Terrier Sign Animal Cruelty Bill Into Law

Governor of Pennsylvania To Wolf, along with a furry friend, signed a bill into law on Wednesday, June 28 that will strengthen the state’s animal protection laws. Wolf’s signature was followed by a paw print in ink by Libre, a Boston terrier who was found emaciated and disease-riddled at a puppy mill-style breeding operation. The […]

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‘The Ultimate Example Of Instability’: Pennsylvania Lawmakers Consider Raiding Racing Fund

Lawmakers in the state of Pennsylvania may be considering raiding the state’s Race Horse Development Fund as a way to help balance the budget, PennLive reported on Friday evening. The $250 million fund, which stems from slots money at the state’s casinos, supports 23,000 jobs and a $4 billion industry in Pennsylvania, but some legislators believe […]

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Equibase Removes Chart From Parx Oaks In Response To Penn. Commission Ruling

The Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission ruled on May 19, 2017, that the results of the May 7, 2016, Parx Oaks at Parx Racing in Bensalem, Pa., would be as follows: “Miss Inclusive shall be deemed to have finished first along with the horse Eighth Wonder (the runner-up), for the purpose of both maintaining each […]

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Parx Cancels Saturday Racing Due To Weather Conditions

After a winter storm blew through Pennsylvania Friday evening, Parx Racing in Bensalem decided to cancel racing on Saturday, according to drf.com. “The track was a little chunky this morning and it’s going to be cold and windy today,” said director of racing Sam Elliott. “The general consensus was that we should cancel. We’ve made […]

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Longtime Jockey Agent Verrone Passes At Age 93

Longtime jockey agent Joe Verrone, affectionately known as “Little Joe”, passed away yesterday morning at the age of 93. Born in 1923 in Johnstown, Pa., Verrone was a staff sergeant in the Army, receiving the Purple Heart for combat wounds sustained during World War II.  Upon his return home, Verrone went to work at the […]

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Proposed State Budget Would Slash All State Funding From Penn Vet School

A budget proposed by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf would eliminate $30 million from the University of Pennsylvania’s veterinary school, including the New Bolton Center. New Bolton is considered one of the top hospitals in the country focusing on large animal care, particularly that of horses, and is where Barbaro was treated for injuries suffered in […]

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