Penn National, typically a nighttime track, will run daylight cards on four Saturdays this year: all three Triple Crown days, plus Penn Mile.
Parx Racing, which slashed live racing days from 210 to 153 in 2016, will add 17 back next year to reach 170.
Controversial trainer Ramon Preciado — currently appealing eight recent clenbuterol positives — will lose his training license, per a state Racing Commission ruling issued today.
The Pennsylvania Derby and Penn Mile both received upgrades for 2017 from the American Graded Stakes Committee.
The Pennsylvania legislature on Wednesday that will end the impasse that has kept breeders from receiving bonus moneys owed them; now it’s on to the Governor.
Legislation that would provide relief to Pennsylvania breeders awaiting long-delayed bonus payments took a step forward today but still has a ways to go.
A big crowd, Songbird, and Nyquist attended Pennsylvania Derby day, making for great fun, says Teresa Genaro. But she wonders: should we reward a track that otherwise cares “little about horse racing?’
With its moves in late July, the Pennsylvania Racing Commission made the state the 10th to adopt all tenets of the national uniform medication program.
The fix to Pennsylvania’s breeding impasse must come from the legislature, Governor Tom Wolf said in a strongly worded letter to the state breeders group.
Pennsylvania breeders have gone without expected bonus awards for nearly six months, costing them millions, with the impasse likely to continue into September.
In a strange internecine battle, legislation that would increase awards to Pennsylvania breeders has earned the opposition of the state’s breeders group.
Claiming activity in the mid-Atlantic was flat on a month-over-month basis but 2016 to date lags well behind 2015, in our Claimbox report.
A federal grand jury Thursday brought new charges against already-indicted Penn National trainer Murray Rojas.
Jenny Bowman has been named Penn National racing secretary, joining Maryland’s Georganne Hale as one of a small group of female racing secretaries nationwide.
Claiming activity jumped in March versus the prior month, but the quarter trailed 2015 by a significant margin, in our Claimbox report.
A published report indicates that Maryland Jockey Club ownership The Stronach Group is seeking to take over the racing operations of Parx Racing.
Claiming activity remained sluggish in February, plus trainer stats, in our Claimbox report.
Claiming activity fell 25 percent in January ’16 versus 2015, a victim of many fewer days run in the region, plus trainer stats, in our Claimbox report.
Our state-by-state review of breeding programs continues with Pennsylvania, where uncertainty has reduced the foal crop even as program dollars remain robust.
In our year-end Claimbox report: Midlantic claiming activity off 12 percent, plus who’s claiming, which horses change hands most, and more.