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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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Reversed: Pennsylvania Officials Overturn Stewards’ Disqualification At Parx

In a rare decision, the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission has reversed the disqualification of a horse that was taken down in a race at Parx Racing last November. In their original ruling Nov. 30, stewards DQ’d the number 6 horse, Rebecca’s Surprise, from that day’s eighth race, placing her second behind the number four horse […]

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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: Proposed Video Gaming Plan Draws Opposition From Horsemen, Casinos

Pennsylvania casino operators and horsemen’s groups have voiced their opposition to proposed legislation that would allow installation of video gaming terminals in bars and taverns. The Blood-Horse reports that the Pennsylvania General Assembly is considering video gaming as part of the state’s budget negotiations. Currently, racetrack purses and the Pennsylvania Race Horse Development Fund (RHDF) receive a share of […]

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Pennsylvania: Legislators To Make Push For Expanded Gaming

Proponents of expanded gaming in Pennsylvania remain optimistic that legislation legalizing slot machines at airports and off-track betting parlors, and online gambling will be passed once lawmakers return to the state capitol next week. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, measures that would have allowed video gaming terminals at bars and truck stops, slot machines at off-track betting sites and airports […]

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Parx Agrees To Take Entries From Preciado As Trainer Fights Suspension

Two days after his lawyer filed a temporary restraining order against Parx Racing, track management told the Daily Racing Form that trainer Ramon Preciado will be permitted to enter horses once again. Entries on Preciado’s horses will be taken on cards beginning May 2. Preciado’s legal counsel filed a lawsuit against racetrack personnel after the track banned him from […]

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