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Committee Advances PA Racing Bill

November 23, 2015:

It has been reported that a Pennsylvania House Committee advanced a horse racing bill on Monday, November 23 that has been crafted to avert the threatened shutdown of the industry in the state....read on

Lawrence Downs Group Meets Deadline

November 23, 2015:

It has been reported that the group behind the most recent proposal to build the one-mile Lawrence Downs harness raceway in Pennsylvania submitted the necessary documentation to the state gaming control board this past Friday (November 20)....read on

Pennsylvania Deadline Extended

November 13, 2015:

Talks between the Wolf Administration and leaders of the General Assembly continued to yield progress this week on how to correct a long-standing structural deficit in the State Racing Fund, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding said today....read on

Optimism For Lawrence Downs In PA

November 9, 2015:

It is something that many in the Standardbred industry have heard before, but Lawrence Downs, the proposed one-mile harness raceway in Pennsylvania, appears to be on the cusp of becoming reality....read on

Agreement Pending For PA Racing

November 6, 2015:

After two weeks of negotiations, the Wolf administration and the four legislative caucuses tonight (Friday, Nov. 6) reached an agreement in concept on how to fix a long-standing structural deficit in the State Racing Fund....read on

Twin B Babe Tops Third Session

November 4, 2015:

Tammy McNiven, proprietor of Twinbrook Farm in Embro, Ontario with her husband, Rob, had small dreams for a pacing filly they raised and sold on Wednesday at the Standardbred Horse Sale in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania....read on

Pennsylvania Deadline Extended

October 30, 2015:

After a week of daily discussions between state officials and representatives of Pennsylvania’s horse and harness racing industries and its racetracks, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding expressed optimism today (Friday, Oct. 30) that a long-term solution to the structural deficit in the State Racing Fund is within reach....read on

Update On Pennsylvania Racing

October 29, 2015:

Last week, state officials announced that the financial health of Pennsylvania Racing Fund was declining and had reached a point where it could no longer sustain or protect the integrity of the racing industry....read on

Report: Progress In Pennsylvania

October 26, 2015:

It has been reported that a resolution to a threatened shutdown of the Pennsylvania horse racing industry could be announced as soon as tomorrow (Tuesday, October 27), as horse racing and government officials met late last week for meetings on the situation....read on

PA Racing Threatened With Shutdown

October 23, 2015:

On Thursday, October 22, a spokesman for Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf said publicly that the state could shut down the PA horse racing industry this coming week if issues relating to the State Racing Fund are not rectified....read on

PA Committee Passes Horse Racing Bill

February 25, 2015:

On Tuesday, February 24, Senate Bill 352 was passed by the Senate Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee. The bill will now be considered by the full senate. The legislation calls for regulatory changes to the oversight of the state’s horse racing industry....read on

PA To Audit Gaming/Control Board

December 17, 2014:

Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale has been cited as saying that his office will conduct an audit the operations of the state’s gaming and control board in 2015....read on

New Pennsylvania Whipping Rules

September 25, 2014:

On Thursday, September 25, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture announced that it is imposing stricter standards to safeguard equine athletes from direct contact with whips during harness racing at the state’s tracks....read on

PA Auditor General Issues Warning

June 18, 2014:

On Wednesday, June 18, Pennsylvania’s Department of the Auditor General issued a release which says that the future of the state’s billion-dollar horse racing industry is in trouble and risks a catastrophic shutdown if measures are not taken to increase revenue and stop a diversion of racing funds to plug holes in the state’s budget....read on

PA Racing Fund Being Audited

May 1, 2014:

It has been reported that Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale is in the midst of an audit of the Pennsylvania Race Horse Development Fund, the fund which annually sends hundreds of millions of dollars to the state’s horse-racing industry....read on


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