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Arabian Owner-Trainer Suspended Five Years For Refusing To Cooperate Over DNA Sample

The owner-trainer license of Mark Powell has been suspended five years by Delaware Park stewards for “refusing to cooperate with an official of the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission and other racing officials” on Aug. 28, 2018. The Oct. 13 ruling also notes that Powell has been fined $2,500. The penalties stem from an attempt by […]

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Mario Serey Jr. Suspended 165 Days Under Pennsylvania’s Multiple Medication Violation Rules

The Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission recently upheld a 165-day suspension of trainer Mario Serey Jr. given him by stewards at Parx Racing in Pennsylvania under the state’s multiple medication violation rules. The suspension, dated May 5, was triggered by a post-race positive test for clenbuterol in Robert Reidy’s Unlimited Resource, third-place finisher in the […]

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Pennsylvania Racing Commission Responds To Questions Of Cover-Ups, Conflicts Of Interest; Attorney Pincus Calls It ‘Hogwash’

The Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission has responded to a June 27 article, written by attorney Alan Pincus and published in the Paulick Report, entitled “Pennsylvania Harness Regulators: Questions Of Cover-Ups And Conflicts of Interest.”  The article raised questions about why the commission failed to pursue disciplinary action after two positive drug tests  were reported […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The Match Series: Conflicts Of Interest?

The Paulick Report published a disturbing commentary this week from Pennsylvania attorney Alan Pincus regarding potential cover-ups of positive drug tests in that state’s harness racing business. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the implications and broader impact of those developments. Plus, who will win the 159th running […]

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Pennsylvania Harness Regulators: Questions Of Cover-Ups And Conflicts Of Interest

I first went to work at a racetrack in 1965 as a teenager. I’ve always loved the game because it truly is the greatest game. People either understand this or they don’t. You meet some of the most interesting people at the racetrack and the horses are magnificent animals. But as colorful as racing is, […]

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Pennsylvania Racing Commission Director Sued Over Suspensions

Was the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission “out to lunch” during a hearing last year when they considered whether to quash or modify subpoenas issued to a number of licensed owners and trainers? That’s one of the suggestions in a lawsuit filed in federal court against Thomas Chuckas, Thoroughbred bureau director of the Pennsylvania Horse Racing […]

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‘Improper Practice’: Disqualification At Aqueduct A Weighty Issue

Wildcat Belle has been disqualified from her first-place finish in the fifth race at Aqueduct on Feb. 8, according to a ruling published on the New York State Gaming Commission’s rulings database. The filly reportedly toted two pounds less than she should have been carrying according to the race’s conditions; she won by five lengths […]

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Pennsylvania Commission Rescinds Subpoena-Related Suspensions To Owners, Trainers

The Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission on Tuesday issued eight rulings rescinding the suspensions of a group of trainers and owners who in October had been served subpoenas to provide extensive records related to their stable after the regulatory body received anonymous complaints about alleged hidden ownership and program trainers. Licenses returned to good standing […]

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Trainer Kevin Patterson Appeals Cobalt DQ, Suspension And Fine

Trainer Kevin Patterson has appealed a 15-day suspension and $500 fine he received after Blu Moon Ace, runner-up in the Grade 3 Frank J. DeFrancis Memorial Dash at Laurel Park on Sept. 16, tested above threshold limits for cobalt, a substance that some believe has blood-doping performance enhancing effects similar to erythropoietin (EPO). Patterson also […]

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Parx Trainers Subpoenaed By Racing Commission For Financial, Veterinary, Phone Records

The Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission has begun issuing subpoenas seeking financial, veterinary and telephone records from licensed Thoroughbred trainers at Parx Racing in Bensalem, Pa. Jason Klouser, director of enforcement for the commission, did not provide any specifics as to the recipients, the number of subpoenas that have been issued or the purpose. “I […]

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