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Michael Shamburg Returning To Zia Park As Racing Secretary

Michael Shamburg will be returning to Zia Park in New Mexico as new racing secretary for the 2019 racing season that kicks off Sept. 21. Shamburg previously served as racing secretary for Zia Park from 2008 to 2011. “We are glad to have Mike returning to Hobbs and overseeing our racing program at Zia Park,” […]

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Equibase GPS Tracking Systems Installed At Mahoning Valley, Penn National

Equibase Company has installed global positioning satellite (GPS) systems at Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course and Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course and has been named the official timer at both tracks, it was announced today. Equibase also has systems in place and is the official timer at Woodbine Racetrack, Golden Gate […]

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EquiLottery To Offer Content From Penn National Gaming Tracks For Kentucky Pilot Program

EquiLottery and Penn National Gaming Inc. have reached an agreement to offer Penn National racetrack content for EquiLottery’s “Win Place Show” pilot program through the Kentucky Lottery, a lottery game based on the results of live horse racing. The pilot begins March 24, 2019 and will span 90 days. This program will be offered through […]

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Alleged ‘Gratuity’ To Racing Official Leads Penn National To Ban Vazquez…Again

Trainer Juan C. Vazquez received a second notice of ejection in as many months from officials of Penn National race course in Pennsylvania, this time for allegedly offering a “gratuity” to a racing official. Chris McErlean, vice president-racing for Penn National Gaming Inc. (PNGI), which owns the Grantville, Pa., track, said Vazquez was issued the […]

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Near Disaster at Penn National Gaming’s Charles Town Races

“We’re lucky someone didn’t get killed.” That’s what Jockeys’ Guild national manager Terry Meyocks said about the jockeys involved in an incident in Saturday’s fourth race at West Virginia’s Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races when a loose horse, going the wrong way up the stretch, ran into an oncoming horse in a contest that […]

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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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Pennsylvania Farm Fires Kelsey Lefever

In the wake of Monday’s Paulick Report article detailing the criminal charges against Kelsey Lefever – the 24-year-old Honeybrook, Pa., woman accused of deceptive business practices and theft by deception involving an alleged horse adoption for slaughter scam – Great Scott Farm in Malvern, Pa., has terminated Lefever’s recently acquired position at the farm as […]

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