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PA Report: Handle on Live Races Up 12%

By Tom LaMarra, @BH_TLaMarra   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 the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. The PGCB compiles the numbers each year because the tracks have slot machines, which generated about $272 million …

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PNGI Lists Sanctions for Conduct Violations

By Tom LaMarra, @BH_TLaMarra   Photo: Penn National Gaming Inc. has updated its guide for horsemen to reflect sanctions against those involved with racehorses that test positive for illegal medications. PNGI, which owns a number of racetracks in the United States, has published its “Horse Racing Guide” since 2011. The document, which includes a code of conduct, is updated as …

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Norman Asbjornson gobbles up ground late to win Harrison Johnson Memorial

By Joe DeVivo Norman Asbjornson had a reputation for consistently picking up small pieces of purses in stakes without ever winning an added-money event. It certainly looked like that trend would continue Saturday afternoon at Laurel Park when Eighttofasttocatch came into the stretch of the $90,500 Harrison Johnson Memorial Stakes with a huge lead while Norman Asbjornson was chugging along …

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MID ATLANTIC AND NORTHEAST STATES COMMIT TO UNIFORM MEDICATION AND DRUG TESTING PROGRAM

MARCH 12, 2013- In a bold move towards the uniform regulation of medication and drug testing in North American racing, the regulators of eight states in the Mid Atlantic and Northeast have committed to implement a uniform medication and drug testing program.  The agreement, spearheaded by the Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (THA), represents the most dramatic change in medication regulation and …

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Penn National Offers Facebook, YouTube Pages

By Blood-Horse Staff   Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course has launched a racing focused Facebook page in addition to a YouTube channel. The Facebook page will allow fans of Penn National racing to interact with one another and keep updated on the latest developments from the track. The YouTube channel offers replays of select Penn National stakes races …

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PA Group Continues to Warn of Revenue Decline

by Tom LaMarra   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 Pennsylvania Race Horse Development Fund for fiscal year 2012-13. In addition, Republican Gov. Tom Corbett has proposed in his fiscal year 2013-14 budget to take up to $31 million from the …

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Kitten’s Point Takes Herecomesthebride

By Eric Mitchell, @BH_EMitchell   Photo: Coglianese Photos/Leslie Martin Knocking on the door of a big win, George Strawbridge Jr.’s homebred Kitten’s Point finally broke through in the Herecomesthebride Stakes (gr. III) on the Gulfstream Park turf (VIDEO) . Trained by Graham Motion, the 3-year-old Pennsylvania-bred daughter of Kitten’s Joy  —Rendevous Point, by Kingmambo, stalked the pace throughout the 1 1/8-mile contest, …

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