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Pennsylvania Racing Commission Responds To Questions Of Cover-Ups, Conflicts Of Interest; Attorney Pincus Calls It ‘Hogwash’

The Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission has responded to a June 27 article, written by attorney Alan Pincus and published in the Paulick Report, entitled “Pennsylvania Harness Regulators: Questions Of Cover-Ups And Conflicts of Interest.”  The article raised questions about why the commission failed to pursue disciplinary action after two positive drug tests  were reported […]

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Commentary: Why Delay License Revocation In Pennsylvania Harness Racing Case?

According to a ruling on the United State Trotting Association website (“Possession of Hypodermic Needles, Syringes and/or Injectable and/or Other Drugs”), Standardbred trainer Clayton Faurot Jr. was in possession of several improperly marked syringes and four injectable bottles when his vehicle was searched June 12 on the backstretch at Pocono Downs in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. At […]

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Pennsylvania Court: Ejection From Penn National Violated Trainer’s Rights

A Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court panel ruled that the state’s racing commission violated the civil rights of trainer Eduardo Rojas when it upheld a private property ejection at Penn National last July, days after Rojas’ wife, Murray Rojas, was convicted in federal court of multiple counts of misbranding of drugs. The Murray Rojas case involved the prohibited […]

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Pennsylvania Commission Rescinds Subpoena-Related Suspensions To Owners, Trainers

The Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission on Tuesday issued eight rulings rescinding the suspensions of a group of trainers and owners who in October had been served subpoenas to provide extensive records related to their stable after the regulatory body received anonymous complaints about alleged hidden ownership and program trainers. Licenses returned to good standing […]

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Pennsylvania Judge Issues Stay Of Suspensions Prompted By Failure To Comply With Subpoenas

A Pennsylvania judge has issued a stay of eight license suspensions of owners and trainers ordered by the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission for failure to supply records in subpoenas triggered by an anonymous complaint about alleged hidden ownership and program trainers at state racetracks. Petitioners in the case were owner-trainers Marcos Zulueta, Juan Carlos […]

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‘Inconsistent With The Best Interests Of Racing’: Owner/Trainer Rodriguez Pennsylvania License Revoked

Owner/trainer Mario Rafael Rodriguez has had his licenses revoked by the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission. According to a ruling dated Dec. 19, “action is being taken based upon the emergency situation relating to the ongoing health and safety of numerous injured and/or neglected horses to include You R Wonderful, Kisses For Love, and Silent […]

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Pennsylvania: Trainer Suspension Extended By Commission In Silent Ruler Case

The Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission has amended a stewards’ ruling in the case of owner/trainer Mario Rafael Rodriguez, whose horse Silent Ruler was discovered in a stall at Penn National in late September with a swollen and fractured ankle. Initially, a board of stewards voted to suspend Rodriguez for 45 days beginning in January […]

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Pennsylvania: Trainer Suspended 45 Days After ‘Failure To Provide Care’ To Horse With Broken Leg

The Penn National board of stewards on Dec. 1 handed down a 45-day suspension and $500 fine to trainer Mario Rafael Rodriguez for “failure to provide proper veterinarian care” to his 6-year-old gelding, Silent Ruler. Track officials were alerted to the son of Roman Ruler and veteran of 50 starts on Sept. 24, and he […]

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State Officials Reviewing Horse Ambulance Delay At Penn National

The Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission said it is reviewing a Nov. 17 incident at Penn National racetrack in Grantville, Pa., in which it took a reported eight minutes for the horse ambulance to arrive so that a stricken horse could be treated and, ultimately, euthanized. Aspic, a 6-year-old mare bred, owned and trained by […]

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Janney Responds To Pennsylvania Commissioner: ‘There Were Indeed Regulators Asleep On The Job’

Stuart S. Janney III, chairman of The Jockey Club, has responded to a letter from Russell C. Redding – Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Agriculture and chairman of the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission – in which Redding said Janney’s critical remarks at the Jockey Club Round Table in August spread “misinformation” and were “irresponsible.” “I stand […]

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