pennsylvania state horse racing commission

Churchill Downs Finalizes Purchase Of Presque Isle, Targets Sports Wagering In Pennsylvania

Churchill Downs, Inc. has completed the purchase of Presque Isle Downs, opening the door for the company to take advantage of legalized sports betting in Pennsylvania. CDI bought the Erie racetrack from Eldorado Resorts for just shy of $179 million. The deal was approved by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board and the Pennsylvania State Horse […]

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Penn National Probe: Trainer Oliva Latest Named On State Criminal Charges

Thoroughbred trainer Robert J. Oliva has been charged by the Dauphin County district attorney in Pennsylvania with rigging a publicly exhibited contest – a first-degree misdemeanor. Oliva, 60, is the fifth trainer to be brought up on state charges in an ongoing investigation into illegal medication practices and corruption at Penn National racetrack in Grantville, […]

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Mario Serey Jr. Suspended 165 Days Under Pennsylvania’s Multiple Medication Violation Rules

The Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission recently upheld a 165-day suspension of trainer Mario Serey Jr. given him by stewards at Parx Racing in Pennsylvania under the state’s multiple medication violation rules. The suspension, dated May 5, was triggered by a post-race positive test for clenbuterol in Robert Reidy’s Unlimited Resource, third-place finisher in the […]

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ARCI President Martin: Integrity Issues In Horse Racing A ‘Red Herring’

Editor’s Note: The following is a response to a July 10 commentary by former Indiana Horse Racing Commission executive director Joe Gorajec addressing comments to the United States Congress made by Ed Martin, president of the Association of Racing Commissioners International  (ARCI), along with a series of alleged inconsistencies in regulatory oversight in Pennsylvania. Gorajec is […]

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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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