pennsylvania racing

Case Of Equine Herpesvirus Confirmed At Parx; Barn Area Closed

Officials at Parx Racing confirmed on Friday that a horse stabled at the track has tested positive for equine herpesvirus. The sick horse, which was in the care of Blaine Servis, has been removed to Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center in New Jersey. No horses will be permitted to leave Parx until the track receives authorization from […]

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Parx Fall Festival: Paving The Way For Midatlantic Boutique Meets

Parx racetrack casino began its first annual $20-million racing Fall Festival last Saturday, and the blockbuster meet runs through Oct. 20. The eight-week program features $20 million in purse money during the Saturday through Tuesday scheduled race cards. The inflated purse structure is a direct result of distributing money that would have been available during […]

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Ocho Ocho Ocho Faces Tough Field In Surface Switch For Penn Mile

Throughout his spring campaign on the path to the Kentucky Derby, D. P. Racing’s Ocho Ocho Ocho always appeared to have a virtual asterisk next to his name as one member of the racing media after another prefaced their comments about the colt by saying he would eventually wind up as a turf runner. The […]

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Four Veterinarians Hit With Criminal Charges Over Pre-Race Drug Administrations

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that criminal charges were filed late yesterday in U.S. District Court in Harrisburg against four veterinarians involved in treating Thoroughbred race horses at Penn National Race Track, in Grantville, Penn. According to U.S. Attorney Peter Smith, Dr. Kevin Brophy, age 60, Florida, Dr. […]

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Jockeys, Parx Resolve Insurance Dispute; Riders Covered By On-Track Policy

The Jockeys’ Guild has reached an agreement with Parx, resolving their dispute in a manner that will not alter the current on-track accident policy.  After discussions between the parties on Wednesday afternoon, all jockeys will continue to be covered by the $1 million dollar on-track accident policy both in the morning during training and in […]

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Pennsylvania: Vet’s Conduct on Notice, but Not Facebook Posts

A hearing examiner for the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission has ruled that public statements on Facebook or other social media may not be used by officials to determine whether a licensee’s conduct is detrimental to the best interests of the sport. Penn National officials said critical, vulgar, and threatening Facebook posts by veterinarian Dr. […]

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Pennsylvania Horsemen Hire Out-of-Prison Former State Senator as Consultant

After serving 4 1/2 years for defrauding the state government, among other charges, former Pennsylvania State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo has landed the Pennsylvania Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association as a client for his new consulting business. PTHA president Salvatore M. DeBunda said Fumo, who was instrumental in bringing casino gambling to the state, would provide “strategic […]

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Penn National Arrests: One Year Later

It’s been a year since three trainers and a clocker at Penn National racetrack in Grantville, Pa., were indicted on federal criminal charges in a wide-ranging investigation that remains active to this day, according to sources. What’s happened since last Nov. 20, when a federal grand jury issued indictments against trainers Samuel Webb, David Wells, […]

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Penn National: Jockey Misjudges Finish Line… By Seven Furlongs

It’s fair to say rider Julio A. Hernandez won’t be adding Saturday’s 2nd race at Penn National to his highlight reel. It’s not that Hernandez chose the wrong finish line – it was the correct one — unfortunately for him, however, the race still had another lap to go. Hernandez got the mount aboard 4-year-old […]

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‘Chrome’ Takes to the Track at Parx

Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner California Chrome, with exercise rider Willie Delgado aboard, made his first appearance on the track at Parx at 8:30 a.m. ET, slowly jogging a mile under beautiful sunny skies, getting his initial feel for the lay of the land at the Bensalem track. Bright and alert, the handsome chestnut […]

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