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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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Pennsylvania Trainer Rojas Pleads Not Guilty To Wire Fraud, Conspiracy

Pennsylvania trainer Murray Rojas has pleaded not guilty on federal wire fraud and conspiracy charges related to allegations of illegal race-day drugging of horses running at Penn National race course in early 2013. The plea by the two-time leading Penn National trainer came on Tuesday in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. […]

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Roaming Deer In Presque Isle Infield Cause Monday Cancellation

Presque Isle Downs canceled live racing on Monday evening after the third race due to a group of deer roaming in the infield. There were around five deer that were moving around the infield and occasionally onto the track, according to Presque Isle’s director of marketing Jennifer See. “The safety of our jockeys and horses […]

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Report: Payments to Presque Isle Horsemen Delayed

It’s been nearly a month since Presque Isle Downs concluded its race meet, but many horsemen are still waiting on $2.2 million on purses and claiming transactions to be paid out. According to a report in the Blood-Horse, the Pennsylvania Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association indicated that horsemen as far back as July, and possibly […]

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Pennsylvania Adds Three State-Bred Stakes, One Named for Plum Pretty

The Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association (PHBA), the organization that administers the state’s thoroughbred breeding incentive program, announced today that it has added three additional Pennsylvania-bred stakes to the 2014 race schedule. In 2014, there will now be a total of 21 Pennsylvania-bred stakes, up from 15 restricted stakes races in 2013. “It is a great […]

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‘He Lied Like Nobody’s Business’: A Racing Con Man and His Trail of Deception

Five months ago, Jonathan Pippin was living large. A small-time Ohio grifter who had convinced a handful of Twitter followers to invest in horses he didn’t own, Pippin had been working for months at hooking a bigger fish, one of the largest in all of horse racing. And so that’s how he found himself as […]

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No Matter the Racing Surface, Safety Should Be the Focus

The California Horse Racing Board voted in 2006 to make synthetic or engineered racing surfaces mandatory at the state’s major tracks beginning in 2008. Its members did so with the belief that synthetic surfaces are safer in the prevention of catastrophic injuries and fatalities. They were right. Using only a limited sample size from Turfway […]

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Favre Named Presque Isle’s New General Manager

MTR Gaming Group, Inc. – parent company of Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort and other gaming holdings – announced that senior industry executive Jeff Favre has been appointed Vice President and General Manager of Presque Isle Downs and Casino in Erie, Pa. Brother of football legend Brett Favre, Jeff has previously served as the Director […]

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Meydan’s Tapeta Racetrack ‘Best It’s Ever Been’

Since its open in March 2009, the Tapeta racing surface at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, has received praise as one of the best synthetic surfaces in the world. Horsemen and jockeys alike have expressed approval of the track, describing it as a fair and forgiving racing surface. Tapeta is a patented mix of sand, […]

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Pennsylvania Racing Commission Cuts All 26 Jobs at Presque Isle

According to a report by the Erie Times-News, all 26 employees of the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission at Presque Isle Downs and Casino are being dismissed effective today. The layoff is permanent, unlike the usual seasonal dismissal of commission employees after the end of the racing season there. Bobby Nagy, administrative assistant at the Pennsylvania […]

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