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  POSTED ON MARCH 11, 2020 BY KEVIN SHELLY   Like the rest of the Pennsylvania equine world at the moment, Donald L. Brown Jr.‘s plans are on hold. That’s due to a proposal by Gov. Tom Wolf to break a trust fund that supports horse racing. Wolf had approved the trust law just two years ago. Now though, Wolf wants to divert trust funds and use them to create up to 25,000 scholarships for students attending one of 14 state universities in the Commonwealth. That’s just a long-shot proposal for now. It has more jumps and hazards to clear than a steeplechase course. Among them, ongoing state budget hearings, no legislative language, no named bill sponsors, no clear bipartisan support, as well as probable legal action if the plan is

Pennsylvania’s racing industry supports a level playing field; integrity of sport and welfare of horse requires bad actors be held accountable   HARRISBURG, PA –The Pennsylvania Equine Coalition applauded the swift action taken by the State Horse Racing Commission to suspend the occupational licenses of 11 individuals following indictments and charges that were announced earlier this week by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.  The indictments, which are national in scope, allege that 27 trainers, veterinarians, and others took part in an international scheme to cheat in horse races using misbranded and adulterated drugs. The suspensions address the 11 individuals who were

PA Equine Industry Statement on Racing Indictments Pennsylvania Equine Coalition March 10, 2020 PA Stakeholders React to Federal Indictments of Bad Actors in Horse Racing PA Stakeholders React to Federal Indictments of Bad Actors in Horse Racing Pennsylvania racing industry say they want a level playing field; integrity of sport and welfare of horse requires bad actors be held accountable Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Equine Coalition issued the following statement in response to the indictments yesterday by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York alleging that 27 trainers, veterinarians, and others took part in an international scheme to cheat in horse races using

By Jen Samuel     Read the daily local here: HARRISBURG — Chester County residents traveled to the state Capitol Wednesday morning to deliver testimony for the "love and passion" of race horses. The House of Representatives Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee held a public hearing in the lower level of the state House to discuss Gov. Tom Wolf's proposal to divert money from the Pennsylvania Race Horse Development Fund to pay for a new scholarship program. Speakers included Heather Hunter, thoroughbred breeder of Spinnaker Hill Farm in London Grove Township near West Grove, and Brian Sanfratello, executive secretary of the Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association.   "The trust fund is