Category: Legislative

PTHA Hosts THA Meeting; Medication and Racehorse Welfare Main Topics

PTHA Hosts THA Meeting; Medication and Racehorse Welfare Main Topics

The PTHA hosted a quarterly Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association  in Philadelphia meeting at the Hotel Palomar on November 15 and 16. Medication and racehorse health and safety topped the agenda, with most of the second day devoted to reviewing the New York Task Force Report on Racehorse Health and Safety. In attendance were representatives of THA member associations: Aqueduct, Saratoga and Belmont/New York; […]

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The Lasix Question

The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA) recently published an easily understood, in-depth and complete report on Lasix, called , which can be found on their website, www.nytha.com, or by clicking . As you may know, many in our industry are opposed to the use of Lasix in racehorses, and its use has become a major topic in recent articles, debates […]

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PA Racing Applauds Legislators and Governor For Keeping Fund Mostly Intact

On June 30, Governor Tom Corbett approved the Pennsylvania State budget without diverting the earlier proposed $72 million from the Race Horse Development Fund, instead taking $5 million only to allocate to PA Fairs and the PA State Farm Products Show Funds. “The horsemen of the Commonwealth appreciate the state legislators who proved their understanding of the contribution of racing […]

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PA Horse Racing Industry Stakeholders Developing Recommendations, Action Items on Health and Safety Issues

PA Horse Racing Industry Stakeholders Developing Recommendations, Action Items on Health and Safety Issues

HARRISBURG, PA – The Pennsylvania Equine Coalition continues to move forward with the development of recommendations and action items to improve the health and safety of horses, jockey and harness drivers in Pennsylvania.  The coalition recently convened a meeting of key stakeholders that included representatives from the Pennsylvania horsemen and equine breeding associations, race track operators, the Pennsylvania State Horse and […]

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“Save Our Funding”: An Equine Coalition Video Demonstrates Importance of Racing Industry in PA

The attached video () was produced by Let’s Go Racing’s Bruce Casella for the PA Equine Coalition. As the members of the PTHA are aware, major cuts to the Horse Racing Development Fund would be detrimental to our industry, which has created thousands of jobs and acres of Green Space in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Contact your legislators today by […]

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PA Equine Coalition Responds to NY Times Article

HARRISBURG, PA – The Pennsylvania Equine Coalition – a statewide group representing more than 10,000 trainers, owners and breeders of the horseracing industry in Pennsylvania – today called for a series of meetings on the state level made up of key stakeholders in the Pennsylvania horse racing industry with the goal of improving the health and safety of horses, jockey […]

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Corbett Budget: Promises Made, Promises Broken

Corbett Budget: Promises Made, Promises Broken

$72 million annual raid on Race Horse Development Fund will devastate horse racing and breeding and cost jobs in an industry that Corbett made a campaign pledge to support HARRISBURG, PA – The Pennsylvania Equine Coalition, a statewide group representing more than 10,000 trainers, owners and breeders of the horse racing industry in Pennsylvania, said today that Governor Tom Corbett’s […]

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Kelsey Lefever Case Appalling, Retirement Group Makes a Difference

BENSALEM, PA — Amid concerns on the state and national level about the practice of racehorse slaughter, the Pennsylvania Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (PTHA) announced today that nearly 700 horses have been safely retired through a program it implemented in May 2008 called Turning for Home. Since its creation just under four years ago, Turning for Home — the PTHA’s racehorse […]

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Casino Making Early Plans for Table Games

Casino Making Early Plans for Table Games

By: JAMES MCGINNIS Bucks County Courier Times Pending legislation would allow for the placement of poker, craps, roulette and other table games in the new casino as well as the racetrack grandstands. Philadelphia Park Casino might use part of its racetrack grandstands to house poker, roulette, craps and other table games if approved by the state, Greenwood Gaming CEO Robert Green said Wednesday. […]

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Lawmakers’ Proposed $50 Million Budget Cut to Race Horse Fund Will Have Major Impact at Philadelphia Park

Lawmakers’ Proposed $50 Million Budget Cut to Race Horse Fund Will Have Major Impact at Philadelphia Park

Horsemen will need to cut race days, reduce Pennsylvania Derby from a $1 million to $250,000 race, cut health benefits, eliminate stakes races, and reduce breeders’ awards BENSALEM, PA – The Pennsylvania Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association today detailed the numerous changes it will have to make at Philadelphia Park as a result of the Pennsylvania legislature’s current budget proposal, which would cut funds for […]

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