pennsylvania racing

Flooding forces Penn National to cancel Thursday night card

For the second consecutive day, Penn National has called off live racing due to extreme weather conditions.  Thursday night’s card was cancelled because central Pennsylvania is experiencing severe flooding after a record nine inches of rain in a 24-hour period.  Penn National is planning to resume racing Friday night if conditions allow.

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Penn National cancels Wednesday card

Heavy rains and local street flooding have caused the cancellation of live racing for Wednesday night, September 7, 2011 at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course.

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A bundle of graded stakes are on the country’s racing agenda this holiday weekend as the summer season comes to a close. Along with a trio of Grade 1s for older horses at Saratoga, there are four notable graded events for juveniles over the weekend, taking place at Del Mar, Monmouth, and the Spa. Saratoga’s […]

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Jockey Martinez recovering from lung surgery after spill

Jockey Willie Martinez is recovering in a Pennsylvania hospital after needing surgery to repair lung damage suffered during a spill at Presque Isle Downs Friday.  The 40-year-old, who recorded his 3,000th win two weeks ago, is expected to be released Wednesday and may be able to return to riding in late September.

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UPDATED: Trainer Beattie denies cheating allegations; FBI probing Penn National

Stephanie Beattie, leading trainer at Penn National and president of the Pennsylvania Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, came out swinging against allegations made by a former boyfriend and now rival trainer, David Wells, that horses in her care were administered electric shocks before races, making them run faster when the shocks were simulated again during […]

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Mid-Atlantic racing series could be revived

A racing series at Mid-Atlantic tracks could return next year after a decade on the shelf, the program’s founder tells the Blood-Horse.  Alan Foreman, CEO of the Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, says discussions will begin soon to potentially revive MATCH – the Mid-Atlantic Championship Series: “When last held in 2001, MATCH was a seven-month-long racing series […]

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Pennsylvania tracks: Takeout isn’t too damn high

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review follows up on the HANA track ratings released last month, specifically honing in on the fact that Pennsylvania tracks still have some of the highest takeout rates in the nation (30% and higher on some wagers).  But unlike California, where takeout is a clearly a prominent source of debate, Pennsylvania officials don’t […]

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Friday racing cancelled at Penn National

Due to the extreme heat advisory that has blanketed the entire mid-Atlantic region, live racing has been cancelled for Friday night, July 22, at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course. If conditions allow, racing is scheduled to resume on Saturday night, July 23, with first race post time at 6:00 PM.

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Company assumes control of Pennsylvania racetrack/casino project

The State Harness Racing Commission voted Tuesday to allow a new partnership to assume control of a racetrack/casino project in Western Pennsylvania.  Well, only one person voted.  One member of the two-member commission abstained because of a conflict of interest. But the result of the vote is that American Harness Tracks LLC can take over […]

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Jerardi: Trainer Guerrero dominates Philly racing, without drugs

Philadelphia turf writer Dick Jerardi profiles trainer Juan Carlos Guerrero, whose winning percentage at Parx Racing is a remarkable 40% the past two seasons.  Those kind of numbers, of course, always invite suspicions of illegal drug use, but Gerardi says Guerrero seems to be clean: “There is a clear giveaway for claiming trainers using illegal […]

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