By: Tom LaMarra The Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission July 26 approved a new regulation that will make racehorses that test positive for a prohibited substance ineligible to compete for a period of time. The regulation, which is expected to take effect Sept. 1, calls for such horses to be placed on the stewards’ list for
By: Matt Hegarty The Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission has upheld a decision by Penn National Race Course in Grantville, Pa., to ban trainer Eduardo Rojas, who is married to a trainer who recently was convicted on 14 charges of misbranding drugs and conspiracy related to horses she trained. Penn National issued the permanent ban in
By: Matt Hegarty Marcus Vitali, the controversial trainer who has been banned by several tracks along the East Coast, has been allowed to enter a horse at Parx after receiving a stay of an ejection order from the Philadelphia-area track, according to officials and rulings. The stay of the ejection order was issued on Jan.
By: Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association Under regulations adopted by the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission, effective Jan. 1, 2017, all containers of medication must be properly labeled and prescribed, and they will be subject to testing. The PHRC Dec. 1 notified horsemen and private veterinarians of the impending rules. Any containers that aren’t labeled or those that
Two More Preciado Runners Disqualified At Parx Following Positive Tests For Clenbuterol: Paulick Report 11/30/16
By: Ray Paulick Two horses trained by Ramon Preciado have tested positive for clenbuterol and disqualified from second-place finishes at Parx Racing in Pennsylvania in September and October, bringing to 14 the total number of positive tests for the bronchodilator the trainer has accumulated since August 2015. According to stewards' rulings at Parx dated Nov.
Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission Continues Modernization with Online, Searchable Database of Rulings:Pennsylvania Pressroom 11/4/16
By: PA.Gov Harrisburg, PA - Results of official rulings issued against licensees by the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission now will be available online as part of the commission’s continuing commitment to transparency and modernizing its oversight of the state’s racing industry. Historically, access to the database of Rulings was limited to racing regulators. Today, any
By: Matt Hegarty A preliminary hearing scheduled on Wednesday for Marian Vega, the Parx-based groom who was arrested two weeks ago and accused of illegally medicating horses trained by Roman Preciado, has been delayed at her counsel’s request, according to the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office. No makeup date has been scheduled yet, according to a
By: Matt Hegarty An investigation involving a 25-year-old groom who has been charged with criminally administering the regulated medication clenbuterol to horses trained by Ramon Preciado at Parx Racing in Bensalem, Pa., remains open and is ongoing, a representative of the state attorney general said on Friday. The arrest on Thursday of Marian Vega, who
By: Edited Press Release The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that a federal grand jury brought additional criminal charges yesterday against a thoroughbred horse trainer already under indictment for wire fraud and criminal conspiracy. According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, Murray L. Rojas, age 50, of Grantville,
By: Frank Angst While Pennsylvania gets its new racing commission in place, multiple graded stakes-winning trainer Ramon Preciado—accused of six clenbuterol positives in March and April at Parx Racing—continues to win races. Running under a temporary restraining order that lifted a decision by Parx to halt Preciado from entering horses, Preciado saddled Rag Time Stables'Kid