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Penn Vet Biomarker Research On Shockwave Yielding Results

The Penn Vet Equine Pharmacological Laboratory at the New Bolton Center has completed a multi-year project that developed biomarkers in horses that undergo shockwave therapy. Dr. Mary Robinson provided an update to the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission (PHRC); the Penn Vet laboratory¬† also provides the drug testing for the PHRC and completes research for the […]

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Pennsylvania Approves Grant For Marketing, Forms New Committee To Tackle Issues In Racing

The Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission will soon form a new committee to tackle industry issues like public perception of racing, medication, and whip use, according to a summary of the most recent meeting from the Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association. The committee will include three commission members as well as industry stakeholders and at least one position […]

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Pennsylvania’s Equine Safety Record Under The Microscope

As major news outlets take a critical look at equine safety in the Thoroughbred racing world, PennLive’s David Wenner turned his eyes toward Pennsylvania’s racing fatality record in a recent report for WITF. The bad news: roughly one horse dies each week at Pennsylvania’s racetracks, according to figures provided to the news outlet. The good […]

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Just Another Day In Pennsylvania: Sketchy Supplements, Class 1 Substances, And Commission Silence

A series of drug positives issued by the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission in early February raised a few eyebrows, including those on the face of trainer Gerald Lee Jr. Lee, who has been in the Standardbred business some 30 years, has maintained a small stable and stayed on the right side of the Pennsylvania rulebook […]

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‘I Want To Save The World’: Love Her Or Hate Her, Papp Is Determined To Change Horse Racing For The Better

Veterinarian Dr. Kate Papp is one of those people whose brain is always on overdrive, as if it has its own direct infusion of caffeine. She sometimes has to gulp for air mid-sentence because although she speaks fast, it isn’t fast enough to get one thought out before another one breaks through. She frequently wakes […]

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What Did You Read? Top Stories Of 2018

As 2018 comes to a close, we’re taking a look back at some of our most popular stories of the year. We’ve done this for the past several years at the Paulick Report. Find previous editions here, here, and here. As usual, the stories that were most important to you this year were a mixed […]

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Gorajec: Pennsylvania Procedures ‘Unusual, If Not Unprecedented’

Longtime regulator Joe Gorajec concluded a three-part blog series on drug testing in Pennsylvania Thursday, alleging after a series of right-to-know law requests that regulation of racing in the state is unlike most others he has become familiar with in his 25 years in the sport. Gorajec explained that in most places, a positive drug […]

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Gorajec Unearths Six More Corticosteroid Tests In Pennsylvania; No Fines Or Suspensions Issued

In his second installment in a blog series for Horse Racing Reform, longtime horse racing regulator Joe Gorajec writes his records search in Pennsylvania has revealed six more cases of positive corticosteroid tests which never resulted in sanctions. Earlier this year, Gorajec highlighted an incident from 2017 in which a harness horse tested for a […]

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Gorajec: Rules Enforcement, Public Disclosure Lacking In Pennsylvania Betamethasone Cases

A series of betamethasone tests from 2016 raise questions about drug rules enforcement in Pennsylvania — that’s one of the takeaways from the latest commentary by former Indiana Horse Racing Commission executive director Joe Gorajec. Gorajec outlined three positives for the corticosteroid which resulted from races in 2016; the first two were between 10 and […]

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Report: Discreet Lover Works For Veterinarian, Expected To Be Released From Vet’s List

Discreet Lover worked in front of a Pennsylvania state veterinarian on Wednesday and according to trainer Uriah St. Lewis, will likely be removed from the veterinarian’s list. It is standard procedure in many jurisdictions to require a horse to perform a timed workout for a state veterinarian and pass a post-workout drug test before it […]

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