Pennsylvania horse racing’s integrity

Above all else, the Pennsylvania horse racing industry is committed to upholding the integrity of its storied sport. The Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission strictly and tirelessly enforces drug and medication standards by conducting routine tests for Thoroughbred and Standardbred horses — on and off the track.

Pennsylvania’s zero tolerance policy was bolstered even further in February 2017 when out-of-competition testing was approved, ensuring that all banned substances that may have slipped through the cracks on non-race days will now be caught. Currently, Pennsylvania is only one of three states to employ out-of-competition testing.

One reason why Pennsylvania’s horse racing testing is so impressive is due to it being the home of PA PETRL Equine Toxicology and Research Laboratory — one of the top testing and research facilities in the world. The equipment at the center is so sensitive that it can detect a grain of salt in a 20,000-gallon swimming pool. This level of precision, when paired with effective legislature, has helped Pennsylvania improve its crackdown on horse racing doping.   

In August of 2018, the Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association presented a check for $300,000 to Penn Vet New Bolton Center’s Equine Pharmacology Laboratory. The donation, believed to be one of the highest by a state-bred association in the United States for research purposes, was designed to assist New Bolton in maintaining the integrity of the sport in this multitiered, multi-year project. Ultimately, New Bolton’s goal is to eradicate horse racing’s gene doping problem through potential protein and RNA-based biomarkers, as well as find physiological changes in horses’ musculoskeletal structure through robotics-controlled imaging.    

The 2016 Race Horse Industry Reform Act also considerably raised the financial penalties for trainers, veterinarians and owners caught participating in illegal activities.

Additionally, Parx Racing® is the first track in the Mid-Atlantic to require microchipping of all horses stabled in the barn area. This initiative, which has been encouraged by the The Jockey Club since 2016, has many benefits, including identifying horses in the paddock, keeping track of horses at the stable gate and identifying horses after they retire and move on to second careers.

The Pennsylvania Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association has produced several videos, which underscore the integrity of horse racing, as well as the ongoing dedication to the health and safety of our athletes, both human and equine:

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The Breeders Crown was held at the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on October 9, 2010, the first time ever the track hosted the stellar racing event. It was also the first time in Breeders Crown history that all 12 events were held at a track on one card. All 12 races produced new stakes records for a five-eighths mile track.

Some of the highlights include Break The Bank K with a 1:52.2 World Record performance in the $500,000 Breeders Crown Three-Year-Old Colt Trot. Brian Sears did the driving for trainer Trond Smedshammer and owner-breeder Robert Key of Leechburg, Pennsylvania.

It was win number 13 for the undefeated See You At Peelers the $600,000 Breeders Crown Two-Year-Old Filly Pace in 1:52.1; she was trained by Jimmy Takter and driven by Jim Morrill Jr.

Won The West successfully defended his title in the $500,000 Breeders Crown Open Pace with a tremendous 1:49 win for driver David Miller and trainer Ron Burke.

But it was all Little Brown Jug winner Rock N Roll Heaven in the $500,000 Breeders Crown Three-Year-Old Colt Pace, and his dominant win in 1:49 brought the cheering track crowd to their feet. Track Announcer Jim Beviglia’s race call was memorable as his voice cracked with emotion calling the race. “Three quarters 1:19.4. 26.2. Are you kidding me here? At the top of the stretch Rock N Roll Heaven is extending his lead. He’s unstoppable! He’s untouchable! He’s unbeatable tonight!” Daniel Dube was winning driver for trainer Bruce Saunders.
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