The Pennsylvania House June 22 passed an amendment that adds Internet gambling to a bill that would permit more slot machines in the state but stopped short of approving video gaming machines for bars, taverns, and private clubs.
Horsemen's groups and casino operators in Pennsylvania have made known their opposition to legislation that would authorize tens of thousands of video gaming terminals in bars and taverns.
John Servis, trainer of Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Cathryn Sophia, is questioning three clenbuterol positives in his horses in April and May at Parx Racing, including one for a 3-year-old filly he said had never been administered the medication.
An Into Mischief colt posted the fastest quarter-mile time of : 20 4/5 when the first of six under tack workout sessions for the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s June sale of 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age was conducted June 5.
Ben's Cat looks to follow his success in the Jim McKay Turf Sprint by lining up for his fifth try June 4 in the $150,000 Pennsylvania Governor's Cup.
Trainer Mark Casse looks to have a strong one-two punch in the $500,000 Penn Mile (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-olds June 4 at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course.
The 2016 Pennsylvania-bred stakes schedule, valued at $2.2 million, kicked off May 28 at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course and will continue June 4 at Parx Racing.
Canadian Horse of the Year Catch a Glimpse is nominated to three stakes the weekend of June 4-5, but trainer Mark Casse said the winner of five consecutive stakes probably will face males in the $500,000 Penn Mile (gr. IIIT).
The nine members of a reconstituted Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission have been appointed by Gov. Tom Wolf under legislation he signed into law in late February.
One day after winning the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) with Cathryn Sophia, trainer John Servis captured the Parx Oaks with Miss Inclusive.
Freshman son of Flatter's first crop showing potential
Adam Staple and Jalin Stable's Page McKenney, who was claimed for $16,000 in 2013 and since then has earned more than $1 million, was named Pennsylvania-bred horse of the year for 2015.
- By Claire Novak
Raging Smoke took the $150,000 Sugar Maple Stakes presented by CANTER Mid-Atlantic wire-to-wire April 23, and in the process gave trainer Mike Salvaggio the biggest win of his career.
More than $228 million was accrued for purses at six Pennsylvania racetracks in 2015 with almost 90% of the funds derived from slot machine revenue, according to an annual report that analyzes the racetrack gaming industry in the state.
Matthew Carter, the treasurer for the Pennsylvania Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association under investigation for possible misuse of funds, was found dead March 20 in the the Susquehanna River near City Island, Pa.
Trainer Alfredo Velazquez, best known for saddling Private Zone to a pair of grade I victories in 2014, secured the 1,000th North American training win of his career March 15.
Legislation designed to modernize horse racing in Pennsylvania was signed into law Feb. 23 by Gov. Tom Wolf, who last fall threatened to shut down the industry because it couldn't pay for regulation.
Parx Racing reopened for training the morning of Feb. 22 and took entries for Feb. 27, which will be the first live racing program at the Pennsylvania track since Dec. 22 of last year.
Long before the 3-year-old filly crossed the wire first, she was already a winner. The $18,000 claiming race was just her third start and first in nine months, having overcome a bout with pneumonia that nearly took her life.
There was a reason bettors made PJG Stable's Favorite Tale the 1-2 favorite for the $200,000 Fabulous Strike Handicap; he was the class of the field off a third in the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I).
Ben's Cat, the formidable iron horse who keeps on campaigning for Hall of Fame trainer King Leatherbury, could take home his fourth consecutive edition of the $200,000 Fabulous Strike Handicap Nov. 25 at Penn National.
- By Blood-Horse Staff
- Thoroughbred Racing, Northeast Region, Midwest Region, Southwest Region, Mid-Atlantic Region
The Penn Gaming Racing Challenge, which links major races at tracks owned by Penn National Gaming Inc., will contest its fifth and final leg of the year at three racetracks Thanksgiving week.
State officials in Pennsylvania said they expect lawmakers the week of Nov. 16 to consider legislation that would, in part, stabilize the funding of horse racing regulation.
Multiple graded stakes winner Pants On Fire will stand his initial season at stud for $5,000 next year at Glenn and Becky Brok's Diamond B Farm near Mohrsville, Pa.
Former Irish stallion Lord Shanakill and Last Gunfighter, a recently retired multiple graded stakes winner, will join the 2016 stallion roster at Pin Oak Lane Farm in New Freedom, Pa.
Racing stakeholders in Pennsylvania are working with Gov. Tom Wolf's administration to devise a funding plan for regulation in the wake of ongoing declines in pari-mutuel handle in the state.
Multiple graded stakes winner Senor Swinger will relocate to La Mancha Farm in Ocala, Fla,. for the 2016 breeding season, as property of Michael V. Laurato.
A racing official with Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course has pleaded guilty to federal wire fraud charges after he allegedly accepted bribes in exchange for inside information about races.
Trouble Kid was gunned from the gate and never looked back in the $300,000 Gallant Bob Stakes (gr. III) Sept. 19 at Parx Racing, holding off 4-5 favorite Limousine Liberal to win by a neck.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) at Parx Racing. read blog
The connections of I'm a Chatterbox are hoping for a change of luck in the $1 million Cotillion Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 19 after tough beats in her previous two starts.
Cheyenne Stables and Mac Nichol's Madefromlucky will attempt to make it back-to-back grade II victories in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby Sept. 19 at Parx Racing.
King's Bishop Stakes (gr. I) runners Grand Bili and Limousine Liberal will tussle with Hebbronville and a solid supporting cast in the grade III Gallant Bob Stakes Sept. 19 at Parx Racing.
Oceanport Stakes (gr. IIIT) winner Heart to Heart heads this year's edition of the $200,000 PTHA President's Cup Stakes at Parx Racing on Sept. 12, joined by Divine Oath and last year's winner, Margano.
Lael Stables' Ageless, who rarely fails to put forth an excellent effort, is scheduled to return to Presque Isle Downs & Casino Sept. 7 for another try in the $400,000 Presque Isle Masters Stakes (gr. II).
Many of the top Pennsylvania-bred runners of the last few years will compete in four stakes, one of which will have two divisions, Sept. 5 at Parx Racing.
Island Town sat just off the pace and pounced at the quarter pole to claim his second graded stakes score in the $300,000 Smarty Jones Stakes (gr. III) Aug. 29 at Parx Racing.
Swagger Jack, a grade I-winning son of leading sire Smart Strike, has relocated to Dana Point Farm near Lenhartsville, Pa., for the 2016 breeding season. His fee will be $3,500.
Live Oak Plantation's Souper Colossal, a sharp second in the West Virginia Derby (gr. II) in his last start, will attempt to capture his first graded stakes in the Smarty Jones Stakes (gr. III) Aug. 29 at Parx.
Angel Suarez Medero, a rider at Parx Racing, has been sentenced to four to 23 months in Bucks County Prison in connection with a bizarre incident last December.
As advertised, Parx Racing will greatly increase purses across the board when it reopens Aug. 29, after a short break that is part of a reduction in racing dates.
The Thoroughbred Education and Research Foundation has announced a plan to donate $100,000 to The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine to create an endowment for student scholarships.
Northview PA, the Pennsylvania farm that stands Smarty Jones and five other stallions, will be listed for sale on or about Aug. 1, the farm announced July 16.
Amerman Racing's grade I winner Coffee Clique relaxed just off the pace before motoring to the lead in the final sixteenth and winning $200,000 Dr. James Penny Memorial Handicap (gr. IIIT) July 4 at Parx Racing.
A strong field of 10 fillies and mares has been entered for the $200,000 Dr. James Penny Memorial Handicap (gr. IIIT) July 4 at Parx Racing.
Presque Isle Downs & Casino will resume live racing July 1 with an earlier post time to mitigate the chances of deer interfering with the races.
Presque Isle Downs & Casino and the local horsemen's group have called in state officials to offer guidance on how to control deer that have run onto the track during races.
Pennsylvania lawmakers are examining legislation that would lower the minimum number of live racing days required at racetrack gaming facilities, and also allow each track to install slot machines at up to four OTW parlors.
Pennsylvania-bred 5-year-old Page McKenney, who needed 13 starts to break his maiden in claiming company two years ago, has developed into a legitimate competitor in graded stakes.
Amelia's Wild Ride just edged Ben's Cat in the $150,000 Pennsylvania Governor's Cup Stakes May 30 at Penn National Race Course, turning tables from the Jim McKay Turf Sprint Stakes won by Ben's Cat.
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