Four Pennsylvania state senators are seeking support for legislation that would put regulatory oversight of horse racing under the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board and make other changes in policy.
Grade I winner Any Given Saturday will relocate from Darley near Lexington to stand at Dr. William O. Solomon's Pin Oak Lane near New Freedom, Pa., for $5,000 in 2014.
Stakes-winning stallion Southern Success will return to Dana Point Farm, near Lenhartsville, Penn., for the 2014 breeding season. His stud fee has been set at $1,000, stands and nurses.
- By Tom LaMarra
After months of internal discussion and planning, Penn National Gaming Inc. said Sept. 24 it will link major stakes at its tracks beginning in 2014.
Harry F. Thompson, Jr., one of the leading trainers in Penn National Race Course history, died Tuesday, Sept. 17 at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pa. Thompson was 75.
A Hi Five became the first winner for his sire Andiron, when he won race 2, a maiden special weight event at Manitoba's Assiniboia Downs Sept. 18.
Purple Egg will come off a five-month layoff to start in the $300,000 Gallant Bob Stakes (gr. III) at Parx Racing Sept. 21.
Using a four-wide move at the quarter pole, veteran jockey Ronald Allen Jr. posted the 3,000th win of his career when he guided Burkholder Stables' Ghost Flower to victory in the second race Sept. 11 at Presque Isle Downs.
Champion female sprinter Groupie Doll came out of the Sept. 9 Presque Isle Masters Stakes (gr. II) in good order and will have an easy week as she prepares for her next start Oct. 5 at Keeneland.
Champion Groupie Doll rallied from well off a sizzling pace to capture the $400,200 Presque Isle Masters Stakes (gr. II) in track-record time for 6 1/2 furlongs Sept. 9 at Presque Isle Downs & Casino.
With more stability in racing dates in the Mid-Atlantic region, the chairman of the THA plans to hold a fact-finding meeting to see if there is interest in bringing back the MATCH series.
While Groupie Doll returned from a layup with a passable third in the Gardenia Stakes (gr. III) at Ellis Park, she'll have little margin for error in the $400,000 Presque Isle Downs Masters Stakes (gr. II) Sept. 9.
Champion female sprinter Groupie Doll tightened the screws for her title defense in the Sept. 9 Presque Isle Downs Masters Stakes (gr. II) on Sept. 3, going a half in :47 3/5 at Churchill Downs.
Alpha Bettor and Hogy top an oversubscribed edition of the $250,000 Presque Isle Mile Sept. 8 at Presque Isle Downs, both sharing highweight assignments of 124 pounds.
Edge of Reality, a Pennsylvania homebred owned by The Elkstone Group, appropriately won the Smarty Jones Stakes (gr. III) at Parx, named for the Pennsylvania-bred who won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.
Eldaafer got the nod in a photo finish Sept. 2 at Parx Racing, nosing out Indian Jones for victory in the $200,000 Greenwood Cup (gr. III). The 8-year-old gelding is best known for his win in the 2010 Breeders' Cup Marathon.
Jockey Chantal Sutherland-Kruse,currently riding at Del Mar, will attempt to set a North American record riding a Standardbred under saddle at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino in Pennsylvania Sept. 23.
Turf specialist and dual grade I-winning stallion Fastness died in July at Timber Ridge Farm near Felton, Pa., from the infirmities of old age, Timber Ridge owner Boggs Shoemaker said. He was 23.
Fox Hill Farm's Normandy Invasion is back in training following a brief setback due to an abscess and could be a week away from breezing, but no decision has been reached on a race target for the 3-year-old son of Tapit.
Representatives from Gayle Gerth's Dana Point Farm near Lenhartsville, Pa., have announced the return of multiple graded stakes winning stallion Sir Shackleton for the 2014 breeding season.
As it approaches its biggest day of the year racing-wise, Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort is trying to hold its own in a glutted regional gambling market.
The board of directors of Thoroughbred Charities of America has approved a grant of $7,175 for Penn Vet's New Bolton Center to support scholarship and hospital needs.
Caroline Forgason's homebred Somali Lemonade took a little time to get the 2013 season underway but found success in her second start off the layup, winning the $250,000 Dr. James Penny Memorial Handicap (gr. IIIT) July 2.
The Pennsylvania Equine Coalition has announced that a provision of state code that resulted in the diversion of 17% from the Race Horse Development Fund has sunset with the adoption of the state budget.
Ninety-seven Pennsylvania-bred racehorses were entered in 10 races at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course as part of "PA Owners Appreciation Day" June 22.
Penn National Gaming Inc., in partnership with another company, has submitted a plan to build a racetrack casino in Lawrence County, Pa., not far from its proposed Hollywood Mahoning Valley Race Course near Youngstown, Ohio.
The inaugural $500,000 Penn Mile June 1 helped Penn National Gaming Inc. continue a trend of sharp gains in pari-mutuel handle on "big event" programs at the company's racetracks.
Freshman sire Colonel John sired his first winner when his 2-year-old colt Cash Conversion captured a $35,000 maiden special weight race by a decisive 2 3/4 lengths at Presque Isle Downs June 2.
Graded-stakes winners will spice up the action in the $250,000 Mountainview Handicap and $150,000 Pennsylvania Governor's Cup Stakes June 1 at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course.
Eight sophomore turf contenders entered the inaugural edition June 1 edition of the $500,000 Penn Mile Stakes at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, including Noble Tune, Rydilluc, Jack Milton, and Charming Kitten.
The nominations list for the inaugural $500,000 Penn Mile at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course June 1 includes many of the top grass 3-year-olds currently in training.
Penn National will donate a total of $10,000 to three equine aftercare organizations on Penn Mile Day, June 1, at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course.
With strong assistance from its video lottery terminal operation at Scioto Downs in Ohio, MTR Gaming Group greatly reduced its net loss for the first quarter of 2013 compared with the same period in 2012.
The Pennsylvania horse racing and breeding industry, currently concerned about a steady decline in the revenue it gets from slot machines, got some surprise public relations May 3 courtesy of the grade I Kentucky Oaks.
The Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission April 17 upheld the ban of trainer Burton Sipp by Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, and also agreed that Parx Racing has the right to exclude the trainer if it sees fit.
Jockey Emilio Flores rode his 2,000th winner when Nicetoseey'again won the ninth race April 17 at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course.
Purses paid at six racetracks in Pennsylvania in 2012 increased 1% while wagering on the live product was up 12% from the previous year, according to the latest benchmark report prepared by regulators.
Jockey Anthony Black, who has been based at Delaware Valley racetracks for more than four decades, retired after winning his 5,200th race March 18 at Parx Racing in Pennsylvania.
The simulcast television feed for Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course will run informational slates that feature retired racehorses available for adoption.
The first reported foal by Bank Heist is a filly born Feb. 28 at J Jeps Farm near Anville, Pa.
MTR Gaming Group reported a 14.5% improvement in revenue in 2012 despite an increase in competition from other casinos, the company reported March 7 in its latest earnings report.
The Pennsylvania Equine Coalition, noting another monthly loss in revenue from slot machines at racetrack casinos, predicts an overall reduction of $17 million in the Race Horse Development Fund for fiscal year 2012-13.
The Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association has named its champions and leaders for 2012.
A percentage of horsemen's revenue from slot machines in Pennsylvania will continue to go to the state's general fund and other programs under the fiscal year 2013-14 unveiled Feb. 7 by Gov. Tom Corbett.
Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course set a monthly record in January for daily average all-sources handle, eclipsing the previous mark set in April 2009.
A "Parade of Stallions" that will include classic winner Smarty Jones will highlight the Jan. 27 open house at Northview PA Stallion Station in Peach Bottom, Pa.
The Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association Political Action Committee will hold its third annual online stallion season auction Jan. 24, 25, and 26 to benefit the PAC and the racehorse retirement program Turning For Home.
The first reported foal by grade II winner Trappe Shot is a colt born Jan. 15 at Blackstone Farm near Pine Grove, Pa.
A shift in slot machine revenue from horse racing to other programs in Pennsylvania is set to expire this summer, and the Pennsylvania Equine Coalition Jan. 8 urged lawmakers to honor the sunset provision.
Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course reported a 19.4% increase in all-sources pari-mutuel handle for 197 live racing days in 2012. Meanwhile, total purses jumped 11.6%.
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