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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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Kelsey Lefever: ‘Every One of Them Is Dead’

Kelsey Lefever was starting to panic.  Less than a week earlier, on May 16, 2011, four retired Thoroughbreds the then 23-year-old horse trainer and broker was entrusted to find good homes for were discovered in the trailer of a known kill buyer at the New Holland horse auction in Lancaster County, Pa. Lefever sent a […]

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Shutting down profitable OTW’s in NJ?

It appears the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority has requested that two of the three active OTW’s in New Jersey be denied their license renewals. But no reason has been given at this time. The facilities, owned by a partnership between Penn National and Greenwood Racing called Pennwood, have been profitable over time so […]

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PLEASE DON’T CALL ME BLACKJACK

By Ray Paulick Am I getting soft? Was that really a tear rolling down my cheek when David “Please Don’t Call Me Blackjack” Williams, the Republican President of the Kentucky Senate, told me his opposition to slot machines at racetracks has resulted in him being demonized, cost him longtime friends, and caused his name to […]

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