Category: Legislative

Important Notice: Make Your Voice Heard!

Important Notice: Make Your Voice Heard!

Dear PTHA Members, We need your support! State legislators in Harrisburg are trying to amend the Gaming Act with a bevy of gambling expansion ideas that would drive people away from horse racing facilities. Make your voice heard! . — or give them a call today. This amendment to the Gaming Act will hurt a growing breeding and racing industry […]

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PTHA Applauds Gov. Wolf’s Decision to Defer Suspension of Racing

PTHA Applauds Gov. Wolf’s Decision to Defer Suspension of Racing

The PTHA, as a member of the Pennsylvania Equine Coalition and representative of the horsemen and women who race at PARX, applaud the decision by the Governor to defer the suspension of racing. As the Pennsylvania Equine Coalition and the Wolf administration continue to finalize the details of a long term solution to the preservation of horse racing, the PTHA […]

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Join the Fight to Change Pari-Mutuel Tax Withholding

Join the Fight to Change Pari-Mutuel Tax Withholding

THE DEADLINE HAS ALREADY PASSED. WE WILL KEEP YOU POSTED ON OUR PROGRESS WITH THIS ISSUE. In response to efforts spearheaded by the NTRA, the United States Department of the Treasury and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) are considering changes to reporting and withholding requirements related to pari-mutuel winnings. The changes would positively impact all levels of horseplayers, regardless of whether […]

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An Open Letter to Horsemen

An Open Letter to Horsemen

In the next few days, you may be receiving a ballot for the election of the President and Board of Directors of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association. As the saying goes “elections have consequences”. We agree. While we might not normally involve ourselves in a local election, the consequences of this election have the potential, like no other, to […]

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Pa. Equine Coalition Applauds Release of Auditor General Report Examining Diversion of Racing Funds

Pa. Equine Coalition Applauds Release of Auditor General Report Examining Diversion of Racing Funds

HARRISBURG, PA – The Pennsylvania Equine Coalition today applauded the release of a report by Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale that detailed how $6 million in inappropriate charges to State Racing Fund were the result of overbilling to cover budget shortfalls and personnel costs that were not related to the operations of the state’s racing commissions. The report was also […]

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PA Equine Coalition Response to Rep. Stephens’ Proposed Legislation to Transfer $250 million from RHDF

PA Equine Coalition Response to Rep. Stephens’ Proposed Legislation to Transfer $250 million from RHDF

Preface by Michael P. Ballezzi, Esq., Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association: On January 29, 2014, . While we fully appreciate that proper education is crucial, we do not believe that Rep. Stephens truly understands the purpose of the RHDF, and especially does not comprehend the economic impact should his plan be enacted. We have prepared a response […]

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New PTHA Board Announced

New PTHA Board Announced

The new members of the PTHA Board were decided after an evening of counting ballots at the Bucks County Chamber of Commerce on January 7, 2014. How I wanna check my husband whatsapp spy mobile free chat history

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PA Equine Coalition Reduces Diversion of Race Horse Funds in State Budget

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Equine Coalition today announced that a provision of state code that resulted in the diversion of 17% — more than $200 million over the last four years — from the Race Horse Development Fund has sunset with the adoption of the state budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year. The Pennsylvania Equine Coalition also partially turned […]

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Legislators Treated to Morning Hours at Parx

Legislators Treated to Morning Hours at Parx

Earlier this month, PA legislators, their associates and families were invited to spend a morning touring the Parx backstretch. PTHA Executive Director Mike Ballezzi spoke about how important racing is to the economy in the Commonwealth, and the sight of exercise riders, grooms, and hotwalkers performing their early morning tasks drove the point home. Thanks to the hospitality of PTHA […]

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Two-Year-Old Lasix Ban Rescinded in PA

Two-Year-Old Lasix Ban Rescinded in PA

The ban on the use of race day Lasix for two-year-olds in PA was rescinded by the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission on Thursday, January 24 as a result of the combined efforts of PTHA President Salvatore DeBunda, Executive Director Michael P. Ballezzi, and Archer and Greiner attorneys Pat Doran and Gary Fry. “Banning the use of Lasix on race day […]

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