pennsylvania horse racing

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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Pennsylvania Changes Two Claiming Rules, Shortens ‘Jail’ Time On Claim Price

A recent rule change going into effect at Parx, Penn National, and Presque Isle Downs will lighten one of of Pennsylvania’s claiming “jail” rules, shortening the amount of a time a trainer is restricted to running the horse at a higher claim price. Previously, if a trainer claimed a horse for $10,000 and wanted to […]

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As Parx EHV-1 Quarantine Expires, Kentucky Tracks And Training Centers Announce Temporary Ban On Parx Shippers

The following message was distributed to racetrack managers and media from the Kentucky’s Office of the State Veterinarian. On Jan. 11, several Mid-Atlantic tracks scratched shippers from Parx after a horse there tested for the non-neurological strain of equine herpesvirus. There was no state or federally-imposed quarantine, though track officials say they maintained a self-imposed quarantine […]

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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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Noted Owner Wyeth, Breeder Of Union Rags, Dies At 78

Phyllis Mills Wyeth, noted Thoroughbred owner/breeder and philanthropist, died earlier this week at the age of 78. Wyeth was best known for homebred Union Rags, who won the 2012 Belmont Stakes. Wyeth was the daughter of Richard Mills and Alice du Pont Mills, who were also involved in bloodstock, campaigning Devil’s Bag and Gone West […]

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Churchill Downs Finalizes Purchase Of Presque Isle, Targets Sports Wagering In Pennsylvania

Churchill Downs, Inc. has completed the purchase of Presque Isle Downs, opening the door for the company to take advantage of legalized sports betting in Pennsylvania. CDI bought the Erie racetrack from Eldorado Resorts for just shy of $179 million. The deal was approved by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board and the Pennsylvania State Horse […]

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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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Penn National Holds First Live Money Sports Betting Test Day Nov. 15

Penn National Gaming, Inc., with guidance and approval from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB), commenced two live money sports betting test days at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course beginning Thursday afternoon, November 15, at 3:00pm.  The company’s Pennsylvania sports book will be managed by William Hill US, the largest sports betting operator […]

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Parx Resumes, Returns To Four Day Race Weeks Beginning Saturday

Live racing resumes this Saturday the 25th at Parx with a terrific nine race program headed by the $300,000 Grade 3 Smarty Jones Stakes.  The one mile and one-sixteenth test for three year-olds is the track’s major prep for the upcoming $1 million G1 Pennsylvania Derby to be run Saturday, September 22nd.  The supporting feature […]

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