pennsylvania racing

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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Federal Trial Of Trainer Murray Rojas Set To Begin June 19

Nearly two years after her first indictment, the trial of Pennsylvania trainer Murray Rojas is scheduled for Monday in U.S. District Court in Harrisburg, Pa. The trainer is alleged to have illegally administered or directed administration of drugs to dozens of starters within 24 hours of post time over a period of five years. Rojas faces […]

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Pennsylvania: Businessman Scraps Plans For Racino Near Gettysburg

Gettysburg businessman David LeVan has decided to drop plans to develop a racetrack and casino in Adams County, Pennsylvania. According to a report by FOX-43, LeVan did not submit an application for a gaming license for the project, called Mason-Dixon Downs. It was LeVan’s third attempt at building a casino in the county; the businessman told reporters […]

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Page McKenney, Madefromlucky Highlight Mountainview On Penn Mile Undercard

Two hundred thousand dollars is on the line for older horses in the Mountainview Handicap presented by HollywoodRaces.com this Saturday at Penn National as a part of the track’s Penn Mile card, and the popular Mid-Atlantic gelding Page McKenney stands as the 9-to-5 morning line favorite in the 1 1/8-mile test. Now seven years old, Page […]

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‘A Pot Of Money Just Sitting There’: MA Senate Plans To Use Money From Race Horse Development Fund In 2018 Budget

In 2011, the Massachusetts legislature set up the Horse Race Development Fund, an account started to help get the horse racing industry “back on its feet” after years of struggling with declining attendance at tracks, etc. The fund currently has about $15.5 million in its coffers, and it continues to grow thanks to casino revenue. […]

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Pennsylvania: With State Facing Budget Deficit, Lawmakers Propose Redirecting Funds From Racing Industry

The state of Pennsylvania is facing a multi-billion dollar budget deficit, causing lawmakers to consider redirecting subsidies earmarked for the racing industry. According to the Meadville Tribune, the horse racing industry receives about $250 million in casino gambling subsidies each year. The racing industry has received the funding since casino gambling was legalized in 2004. Legislation that would […]

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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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‘We Believe They Are Sabotage’: Serey’s Attorney Fighting Clenbuterol Positives

Trainer Mario Serey, Jr. is facing possible sanctions in the state of Pennsylvania, resulting from a series of post-race tests that showed traces of the bronchodilator clenbuterol. Four of Serey’s trainees were disqualified from first-place efforts over a five-day period in early December as a result of the clenbuterol overages. According to Daily Racing Form (which […]

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Trainer Richard Vega Saddles 1000th Winner At Parx

With a victory by Masio in the seventh race at Parx Racing Sunday afternoon, trainer Richard Vega reached a career milestone with his 1000th win. Ridden by J.D. Acosta, the 3-year-old filly Masio led from start to finish in the seven furlong, $40,000 claiming contest, gamely holding off the favorite Girls and Guns to win […]

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Pennsylvania Racing Commission Putting Official Rulings Online

Results of official rulings issued against licensees by the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission now will be available online as part of the commission’s continuing commitment to transparency and modernizing its oversight of the state’s racing industry. Historically, access to the database of rulings was limited to racing regulators. Today, any decision, matter or action taken […]

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