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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 Fund ‘Revolutionary Research’ To Detect Gene Doping

The Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association presented a check for $300,000 to the University of Pennsylvania New Bolton Center’s Equine Pharmacology Laboratory Friday, allowing researchers there to embark on “revolutionary research to detect gene doping,” according to officials at UPenn. Gene doping has been a hot topic among integrity watchdogs in the human athletics world for […]

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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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Changes To Breeding Fund Approved By Pennsylvania House

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives approved changes to the Thoroughbred breeding fund during its session on June 30. The Blood-Horse reports that some payments to the fund had been suspended for several months due to “problematic” language in a racing reform bill that had been passed in February. The House passed the measure on a 193-2 vote […]

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Pennsylvania Legislation Would Give Horsemen, Breeders Regulatory Clout

Horsemen and breeders in Pennsylvania will have unprecedented powers as regulators if legislation recently approved by the state’s House of Representatives is, as expected, passed by the Senate and signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf. The legislation, House Bill 941, would create a new State Horse Racing Commission comprised of nine members: five appointed by […]

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