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Gorajec On 2017 Regulation: IRS Rules A Positive, Pennsylvania A Disaster

At Thoroughbred Racing Commentary, the former executive director of the Indiana Racing Commission, Joe Gorajec, lays out the “the good, the bad and the ugly” of horse racing regulation from the past year. Among the positive developments, according to Gorajec, are changes in IRS withholding rules that deserve a “standing ovation” from horseplayers around the […]

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Janney Responds To Pennsylvania Commissioner: ‘There Were Indeed Regulators Asleep On The Job’

Stuart S. Janney III, chairman of The Jockey Club, has responded to a letter from Russell C. Redding – Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Agriculture and chairman of the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission – in which Redding said Janney’s critical remarks at the Jockey Club Round Table in August spread “misinformation” and were “irresponsible.” “I stand […]

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Pennsylvania Racing Commission Chair Calls Janney’s Round Table Remarks ‘Irresponsible’

Russell C. Redding, Secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and chairman of the State Horse Racing Commission, has criticized Jockey Club chairman Stuart S. Janney III for what he calls “irresponsible statements” made at this year’s Jockey Club Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. In his closing remarks […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The Breeders’ Stakes At Woodbine: Black Eyes And Foal Crops?

The Thoroughbred racing industry faces some difficult forces, from the recent federal trial in Pennsylvania to negative perceptions about the game’s integrity. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss some strong words from the chairman of The Jockey Club. Plus, unless cooperation in the sport increases, the dwindling foal […]

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Janney On ‘Disgraceful And Sad’ Pennsylvania Events: ‘It Gives All Of Racing A Black Eye’

Following are closing remarks by Stuart S. Janney III, chairman of The Jockey Club, at Sunday’s Jockey Club Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. My sense is that we are at a crossroads. There are many signs of hope, progress and accomplishment. We are taking steps to make our […]

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The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine’s Twilight Racing Series: Questionable Motives?

In the wake of the 14-count guilty finding in the trial of trainer Murray Rojas, Penn National has permanently barred her and two others from the racetrack. Meanwhile, the national horsemen’s group, the HBPA, is defending its position of financially supporting Rojas and claiming efforts to “support clean racing.” In this edition of The Friday […]

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Commentary: In Wake Of Rojas Case, Racing Should Follow Lead Of USOC

Having been involved as a lobbyist in many policy debates in Washington for several years, I consider it a rare gift when a major court case strongly confirms your side of an argument. It is rarer still when those on the losing side double down and wait for more of the same. That is the […]

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Penn National: Rojas, Beattie Permanently Ejected From Racetrack

John V. Finamore, Senior Vice President of Regional Operations for Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course authored the following response to a piece written by Ray Paulick Wednesday regarding the outcome of the federal trial of trainer Murray Rojas in Pennsylvania: Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course (“Penn National Race Course”) shares in the public’s concern […]

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HBPA’s Hamelback: We ‘Support Clean Racing In Our Sport. Period.’

Eric Hamelback, CEO of the National HBPA authored the following response to a piece written by Ray Paulick Wednesday regarding the outcome of the federal trial of trainer Murray Rojas in Pennsylvania: The National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association and Pennsylvania HBPA support clean racing in our sport. Period. Despite what Mr. Paulick writes on […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: In Rojas Trial, HBPA Plays The Part Of Enabler

It must be disheartening at times to be an honest Thoroughbred owner or trainer, especially one that happens to race in Pennsylvania. It’s bad enough, as we learned last week in the federal trial of trainer Murray Rojas, that widespread and systematic cheating has been going on at Penn National racecourse in Grantville, Pa. for […]

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