pennsylvania horse breeders association

‘Great Sportsmanship And Fun Competition’: Pennsylvania Stallions Vie For Votes In Online Tournament

The cancellation of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament left a bracket-sized hole in the spirits and schedules of many sports fans. To spotlight its stallion roster and give folks something to do in quarantine, the Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association is in the midst of its own “April Madness,” asking voters on Facebook to pare down […]

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Pennsylvania Governor Proposes $200-Million Cut From Horse Racing Development Fund

Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday proposed cutting more than 80% of the Pennsylvania Race Horse Development Trust Fund, a move Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association executive director Brian Sanfratello said would cost the state thousands of jobs and more than $1.6 billion in economic impact. Wolf, a Democrat serving his second term as governor, made the […]

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New Bolton Developing Biological Passports, With Help From Pennsylvania Breeders

It sounds like something out of a science fiction movie: Rows of vials in a laboratory freezer, each containing detailed biological maps of what’s going on inside the bodies of dozens of horses at specific moments in time. The frozen blood samples might one day hold the keys to making racing clean and drug-free, predicting […]

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MATCH Series Returns In 2019 With Revised Format, ‘Special Event Days’

After a celebrated and highly successful return to the racing calendar last year, the MATCH Series (Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Championships) will return in 2019, featuring a new format designed to encourage more participation from horsemen, brand the series as special event days at the participating racetracks, and make it easier for the racing public to follow […]

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Pennsylvania Breeders Give $300,000 To Fund Gene Doping Research At UPenn

As part of its ongoing commitment to maintaining integrity in the horse racing industry, the Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association (PHBA) has donated $300,000 to Penn Vet New Bolton Center’s Equine Pharmacology Laboratory to fund revolutionary research to detect gene doping in equine athletes. Gene doping involves the transfer or modification of genes or genetically modified […]

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Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, And Delaware Breeders Add MATCH Series Bonuses

The revival of the widely-acclaimed MATCH Series (Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Championships) gained further momentum Thursday with the announcement that the region’s breeders organizations will pay bonuses to the breeder of the highest point earning colt/gelding and filly/mare from each program. The Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association, Maryland Horse Breeders Association, Thoroughbred Breeders Association of New Jersey and […]

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Legislative Amendment Moving Forward To Restore Pennsylvania Breeders Awards

House Bill 2303, which went into effect in February of this year, included language which mistakenly changed how breeders’ awards in the state of Pennsylvania were awarded. As a result, breeders in the state have not gotten any awards since that date. An amendment to correct the Breeder distribution wording was agreed to and unanimously […]

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(UPDATED) Wolf: Statutory Change Needed To Restart Pennsylvania Breeder Awards

There does not appear to be immediate relief in sight for Pennsylvania breeders whose incentive awards were cut off earlier this year by what is being called an inadvertent change in wording of legislation that was widely supported by the Thoroughbred industry. At least that’s what Gov. Tom Wolf said in an Aug. 5 letter […]

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Pennsylvania Breeders ‘Crippled’ By Holdup In Incentive Award Payments

It was all smiles on Feb. 23 when Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf was surrounded by members of the Thoroughbred industry as he signed HB941 into law, creating a new racing commission and an accompanying funding mechanism. Little did Pennsylvania breeders know that same bill included language changing the qualification language for incentive awards for horses […]

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