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Gorajec: Racing World Should Pay Attention To Pennsylvania Lawsuit

Racing jurisdictions around the globe should watch closely the proceedings of a lawsuit filed recently in Pennsylvania, writes Joe Gorajec, former executive director of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission. At Thoroughbred Racing Commentary, Gorajec looks at the federal suit against Thomas Chuckas, Thoroughbred bureau director of the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission. The plaintiffs are four owners […]

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Pennsylvania Racing Commission Director Sued Over Suspensions

Was the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission “out to lunch” during a hearing last year when they considered whether to quash or modify subpoenas issued to a number of licensed owners and trainers? That’s one of the suggestions in a lawsuit filed in federal court against Thomas Chuckas, Thoroughbred bureau director of the Pennsylvania Horse Racing […]

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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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Pennsylvania Racing Commission Chair Calls Janney’s Round Table Remarks ‘Irresponsible’

Russell C. Redding, Secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and chairman of the State Horse Racing Commission, has criticized Jockey Club chairman Stuart S. Janney III for what he calls “irresponsible statements” made at this year’s Jockey Club Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. In his closing remarks […]

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Janney On ‘Disgraceful And Sad’ Pennsylvania Events: ‘It Gives All Of Racing A Black Eye’

Following are closing remarks by Stuart S. Janney III, chairman of The Jockey Club, at Sunday’s Jockey Club Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. My sense is that we are at a crossroads. There are many signs of hope, progress and accomplishment. We are taking steps to make our […]

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Pennsylvania Commission Plays ‘Let’s Make A Deal’ With Serey, Servis

With Tom Chuckas in the role of game show host Wayne Brady (or, to people from my generation, Monty Hall), the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission recently played a couple of rounds of “Let’s Make a Deal” with trainers Mario Serey Jr. and John Servis. On May 17, Chuckas – the former Maryland Jockey Club president […]

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Vitali Gets Stay Of Parx Racing Ejection, Seeking Florida HBPA Board Position

Trainer Marcus Vitali received a stay from the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission of an eviction notice by Parx Racing and will be permitted to run the horse Eagle of Delight at the suburban Philadelphia racetrack on Saturday. Vitali, who was denied stalls and whose entries were banned at Gulfstream Park and other tracks owned by […]

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