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After PETA Scandal, West Virginia Tracks And Horsemen Making Plans To Institute Necropsy Program By January 2020

West Virginia’s racing commissioners reacted with horror and outrage to a series of photos distributed by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) several weeks ago, and vowed that change would be coming as a result.  PETA published a set of photographs taken by an unnamed whistleblower which appeared to show the body […]

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Report: West Virginia Police Clear Mountaineer In Landfill Case

Roughly a week after a photo depicting a Thoroughbred in a landfill was circulated by an animal rights organization, police in West Virginia say the racetrack has been cleared of wrongdoing. Mountaineer Park was found to comply with local laws and its own policies regarding disposal of animal carcasses, the Daily Racing Form reported Wednesday. […]

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Industry, Animal Rights Activists React To Photo Of Thoroughbred In West Virginia Landfill

Local law enforcement and horsemen’s groups are investigating the presence of a Thoroughbred’s body in a landfill near Mountaineer Racetrack and Resort in late September. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) released a statement this week and graphic photos of the body, which was that of a chestnut wearing rundown bandages.  PETA alleges […]

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Trainer Kevin Patterson’s Consecutive Win Streak Ends At 16

Trainer Kevin Patterson has a lifetime win percentage of 32.3% but he’s never put together a win streak like the one that lasted nearly two months and included saddling 16 consecutive winners at Charles Town and Mountaineer Park in West Virginia. The streak, which began when Wolfblade won a $10,000 claiming race at Charles Town […]

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Former Jockey Oswald Pereira Held On Multiple Charges After Fire, Police Chase

Former jockey Oswald Pereira is facing multiple criminal charges in Marion County, Florida, after allegedly setting his ex-wife’s house on fire on Tuesday night in Ocala and then fleeing the scene in a car resembling the General Lee from the “Dukes of Hazzard” television show from the 1980s. Pereira, 44, allegedly led police on a […]

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‘Right Down The Gullet’: Announcer Swallows Moth During Mountaineer Race Call

Track announcer Peter Berry had an unusual challenge during Wednesday evening’s races at Mountaineer Park in West Virginia. Just as the starting gates opened for the first race, Berry’s race call was interrupted by an errant moth. .ICYMI ⁦@peterberry57⁩ swallows a Moth before the Tuesday opener ⁦⁦@mtrgaming⁩ #LighterSideTVG pic.twitter.com/EBNNrxhdEK — Blaise Bollmann (@TVGs_Blaise) December 13, […]

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Mountaineer Park Remains Closed Through Nov. 21 After Legionnaire’s Disease Confirmed

Mountaineer Park officials announced that the Newell, W. Va., racetrack will remain closed through Nov. 21 after a number of employees became seriously ill and local health department officials confirmed four cases of Legionnaire’s disease in the community. That brings to 16 the number of live racing days lost since the track was closed on […]

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Mountaineer Park Closed While Health Department Conducts ‘Disease Investigation’ Of Sick Employees

Mountaineer Park in Newell, W. Va., has closed its grandstand and clubhouse and cancelled live racing through Nov. 7 after a number of employees became seriously ill. Management notified employees and the public on Saturday, Oct. 27, that the next night’s live racing and subsequent programs through Nov. 7 would be suspended “while working on […]

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Follow-Up Department: Scourge Of Bridge Jumpers, Utana Wins At Mountaineer

Utana, a 5-year-old Curlin mare whose puzzling off-the-board performance as the heavy favorite in August led to an investigation by the West Virginia Racing Commission, returned to her winning ways earlier this month at Mountaineer Park. Owned by attorneys Clark Brewster and Barry Ostrager and trained by L. Craig Cox, Utana romped to an 11 […]

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Former Jockey Anthony Dlugopolski Dies At 60; Rode 3,425 Winners Before Disabling Injury

Former jockey Anthony Dlugopolski, a quadriplegic since a racing accident in 2002, died in a hospital near his home in Manchester, W.Va., of an apparent heart attack early Thursday morning, said his sister, Theresa, who lived with and cared for Dlugopolski. He was 60. Theresa said she had been out of town for a week […]

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