pennsylvania horse racing

‘Madness’? Pennsylvania Newspaper Slams Slots Revenue As ‘Staggering Amount of Corporate Welfare’

Pennsylvania’s leading newspaper, the Philadelphia Inquirer, has published an editorial calling the $2.4 billion the horse racing and breeding industry has received from casino revenue since 2006 “a staggering amount of corporate welfare.” Citing a recent report from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board that shows ongoing declines in track attendance, the number of races run and […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: A Sustainable Path From Racetrack To Retirement

Pennsylvania has one of the most active racing and breeding jurisdictions in the country. The state has not one, but two racetracks with year-round live racing – Penn National and Parx – plus Presque Isle Downs, which runs throughout the summer. While many PA-breds spend their entire careers racing exclusively at the two year-round tracks, […]

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Gorajec On 2017 Regulation: IRS Rules A Positive, Pennsylvania A Disaster

At Thoroughbred Racing Commentary, the former executive director of the Indiana Racing Commission, Joe Gorajec, lays out the “the good, the bad and the ugly” of horse racing regulation from the past year. Among the positive developments, according to Gorajec, are changes in IRS withholding rules that deserve a “standing ovation” from horseplayers around the […]

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Pennsylvania: Trainer Suspension Extended By Commission In Silent Ruler Case

The Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission has amended a stewards’ ruling in the case of owner/trainer Mario Rafael Rodriguez, whose horse Silent Ruler was discovered in a stall at Penn National in late September with a swollen and fractured ankle. Initially, a board of stewards voted to suspend Rodriguez for 45 days beginning in January […]

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Report: Pennsylvania Legislature Passes Expanded Gaming Bill

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives approved a major expanded gambling bill and now awaits a decision from the governor. According to a report at PennLive.com, the House passed the legislation Thursday morning on a vote of 109-72. The Pennsylvania Senate passed the bill Oct. 25. If signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf, it would make Pennsylvania […]

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Parx Trainers Subpoenaed By Racing Commission For Financial, Veterinary, Phone Records

The Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission has begun issuing subpoenas seeking financial, veterinary and telephone records from licensed Thoroughbred trainers at Parx Racing in Bensalem, Pa. Jason Klouser, director of enforcement for the commission, did not provide any specifics as to the recipients, the number of subpoenas that have been issued or the purpose. “I […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The 158th Queen’s Plate: Racing In The Courtroom?

A federal trial taking place in Harrisburg, Pa., could have wide-ranging implications, depending on the outcome. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the trial of trainer Murray Rojas, who faces multiple counts related to illegally treating horses with therapeutic medications on race day. But she’s not the only […]

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Trainer Beattie At Rojas Trial: ‘Almost Everybody’ Illegally Treated Horses On Race Day

Stephanie Beattie threw fellow horsemen under the bus during her testimony for the prosecution Tuesday afternoon at the federal trial of Murray Rojas, a former rival for leading trainer honors at Penn National in Grantville, Pa. Beattie admitted she routinely had her horses illegally treated with therapeutic medications on race day by the same veterinarians […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: Murray Rojas Trial Casts Dark Shadow Over Racing

Horse racing lost 14 potential fans this past week in Pennsylvania. The 14 men and women are serving on the jury in the federal trial of Murray Rojas, the Penn National-based trainer charged on multiple counts of wire fraud, conspiracy and misbranding of drugs. When this case is over, I’m sure the racetrack is the […]

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The Friday Show: Horsemen Helping Horsemen In Court?

Funds exist in many areas of society to help people defend themselves in court. The latest such legal defense fund has been created for horse racing trainers and owners in light of a federal case in Pennsylvania. In this week’s Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the reasons behind the fund, the broader […]

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