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‘Inconsistent With The Best Interests Of Racing’: Owner/Trainer Rodriguez Pennsylvania License Revoked

Owner/trainer Mario Rafael Rodriguez has had his licenses revoked by the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission. According to a ruling dated Dec. 19, “action is being taken based upon the emergency situation relating to the ongoing health and safety of numerous injured and/or neglected horses to include You R Wonderful, Kisses For Love, and Silent […]

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Dan Silver, Former Director of TV For NYRA, Joins Roberts Communications

  Roberts Communications Network (RCN) has announced the hiring of Dan Silver to serve as the company’s Director of Sales, Marketing, and Business Development, a newly-created position. In this job, he will develop and implement sales, marketing, public relations, and business development strategies, in addition to working with RCN’s existing customers and establishing new partners […]

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Pennsylvania: Trainer Suspended 45 Days After ‘Failure To Provide Care’ To Horse With Broken Leg

The Penn National board of stewards on Dec. 1 handed down a 45-day suspension and $500 fine to trainer Mario Rafael Rodriguez for “failure to provide proper veterinarian care” to his 6-year-old gelding, Silent Ruler. Track officials were alerted to the son of Roman Ruler and veteran of 50 starts on Sept. 24, and he […]

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State Officials Reviewing Horse Ambulance Delay At Penn National

The Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission said it is reviewing a Nov. 17 incident at Penn National racetrack in Grantville, Pa., in which it took a reported eight minutes for the horse ambulance to arrive so that a stricken horse could be treated and, ultimately, euthanized. Aspic, a 6-year-old mare bred, owned and trained by […]

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‘Mitigating Circumstances’: Miller Fined $1500 For Methamphetamine Positive In Pennsylvania

Trainer Peter Miller has officially been fined $1500 by the Pennsylvania Racing Commission, resulting from a positive test for methamphetamine in his trainee Richard’s Boy. Richard’s Boy ran in the $200,000 Pennsylvania Governor’s Cup on June 3 at Penn National, finishing second by a head to Bold Thunder. Bold Thunder was disqualified to second for interference, […]

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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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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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Rojas Verdict: Not Guilty On Wire Fraud, Guilty On Misbranding Of Prescription Drugs

A jury in United States District Court in Harrisburg, Pa., has convicted Thoroughbred trainer Murray Rojas on 14 of 21 counts brought against her by the U.S. attorney’s office in a wide-ranging FBI criminal investigation into corruption at nearby Penn National racetrack. Their verdict came Friday evening after day-long deliberations that followed a nine-day trial. The […]

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Trainer Beattie At Rojas Trial: ‘Almost Everybody’ Illegally Treated Horses On Race Day

Stephanie Beattie threw fellow horsemen under the bus during her testimony for the prosecution Tuesday afternoon at the federal trial of Murray Rojas, a former rival for leading trainer honors at Penn National in Grantville, Pa. Beattie admitted she routinely had her horses illegally treated with therapeutic medications on race day by the same veterinarians […]

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Federal Trial Of Trainer Murray Rojas Set To Begin June 19

Nearly two years after her first indictment, the trial of Pennsylvania trainer Murray Rojas is scheduled for Monday in U.S. District Court in Harrisburg, Pa. The trainer is alleged to have illegally administered or directed administration of drugs to dozens of starters within 24 hours of post time over a period of five years. Rojas faces […]

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