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FBI Probe: Penn National Trainer Murray Rojas Sentenced To 27 Months In Federal Prison

Trainer Murray Rojas was sentenced on Monday to 27 months in federal prison on 14 felony counts of misbranding prescription drugs over a 13-year period from 2002-’14 at Penn National in Grantville, Pa. Rojas was convicted by a jury in June 2017 in United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg, Pa. […]

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Foreman: ‘Spirit Of Cooperation’ In Mid-Atlantic Led To Revival Of MATCH Series

The Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Championship Series, which had a five-year run from 1997-2001, returns to the racing landscape in 2018. The MATCH Series kicks off on Preakness weekend at Pimlico racecourse in Baltimore, with the Skipat Stakes (for filly and mare sprinters) and Jim McKay Turf Sprint (3 and up, turf sprinters) contested on next Friday’s […]

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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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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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Pennsylvania HBPA Director Defends State’s ‘Healthy’ Horse Racing Industry

In a letter to the editor published on, Pennsylvania Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association executive director Todd Mostoller vigorously defended his state’s horse racing industry. “Despite recent stories from Pennlive about Penn National Race Course,” wrote Mostoller, “horse racing at the East Hanover Twp. facility – and the industry in general – reveal a sport […]

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Missing Pennsylvania HBPA Treasurer Matthew Carter Found Dead In Susquehanna River

Matthew Carter, the secretary-treasurer for the Pennsylvania Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association who has been missing since late February, has been positively identified as the body found Sunday afternoon in the Susquehanna River by City Island in Harrisburg, Pa. Dauphin County Coroner Graham Hetrick said Carter, who lived in Lower Paxton Township, died from fresh […]

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UPDATED: Pennsylvania HBPA Treasurer Missing In Wake Of ‘Accounting Irregularities’

UPDATED: The Dauphin County coroner has identified a body pulled out of the Susquehanna River on Sunday as Matthew Carter. Click here for more details. Police in Pennsylvania are looking for Matthew Carter, the treasurer of the Pennsylvania Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association at Hollywood Casino at Penn National racetrack in Grantville. Carter has been […]

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Three Trainers, Clocker Charged With Fraud at Penn National

Trainers David Wells, Sam Webb and Patricia Rogers, along with clocker Danny Robertson, were arrested Friday morning on federal charges of fraud in connection with races run at Penn National racetrack in Grantville, Pa. The arrests were the result of a long-running federal jury and an investigation by the FBI that is ongoing. After the […]

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By Ray Paulick The real-life soap opera that is Penn National racetrack near Harrisburg, Pa., took another strange twist today when Thoroughbred owner and trainer David Wells—the former boyfriend and racing business partner of top trainer and Pennsylvania Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association president Stephanie Beattie—was taken into custody by Dauphine County deputies on misdemeanor […]

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