pennsylvania horsemen’s benevolent and protective association

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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View From The Eighth Pole: In Rojas Trial, HBPA Plays The Part Of Enabler

It must be disheartening at times to be an honest Thoroughbred owner or trainer, especially one that happens to race in Pennsylvania. It’s bad enough, as we learned last week in the federal trial of trainer Murray Rojas, that widespread and systematic cheating has been going on at Penn National racecourse in Grantville, Pa. for […]

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Rojas Verdict: Not Guilty On Wire Fraud, Guilty On Misbranding Of Prescription Drugs

A jury in United States District Court in Harrisburg, Pa., has convicted Thoroughbred trainer Murray Rojas on 14 of 21 counts brought against her by the U.S. attorney’s office in a wide-ranging FBI criminal investigation into corruption at nearby Penn National racetrack. Their verdict came Friday evening after day-long deliberations that followed a nine-day trial. The […]

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‘The Ultimate Example Of Instability’: Pennsylvania Lawmakers Consider Raiding Racing Fund

Lawmakers in the state of Pennsylvania may be considering raiding the state’s Race Horse Development Fund as a way to help balance the budget, PennLive reported on Friday evening. The $250 million fund, which stems from slots money at the state’s casinos, supports 23,000 jobs and a $4 billion industry in Pennsylvania, but some legislators believe […]

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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 HBPA Director Defends State’s ‘Healthy’ Horse Racing Industry

In a letter to the editor published on, Pennsylvania Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association executive director Todd Mostoller vigorously defended his state’s horse racing industry. “Despite recent stories from Pennlive about Penn National Race Course,” wrote Mostoller, “horse racing at the East Hanover Twp. facility – and the industry in general – reveal a sport […]

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Missing Pennsylvania HBPA Treasurer Matthew Carter Found Dead In Susquehanna River

Matthew Carter, the secretary-treasurer for the Pennsylvania Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association who has been missing since late February, has been positively identified as the body found Sunday afternoon in the Susquehanna River by City Island in Harrisburg, Pa. Dauphin County Coroner Graham Hetrick said Carter, who lived in Lower Paxton Township, died from fresh […]

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UPDATED: Pennsylvania HBPA Treasurer Missing In Wake Of ‘Accounting Irregularities’

UPDATED: The Dauphin County coroner has identified a body pulled out of the Susquehanna River on Sunday as Matthew Carter. Click here for more details. Police in Pennsylvania are looking for Matthew Carter, the treasurer of the Pennsylvania Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association at Hollywood Casino at Penn National racetrack in Grantville. Carter has been […]

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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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