Advocates call for improved safety, reforms to Pennsylvania horse racing

Tuesday's Horse

Starting gate at Penn National racecourse. Photographer unknown. Starting gate at Penn National racecourse. Photographer unknown.

Cross-posted from WPMT FOX 43
by MICHAEL HYLAND

Advocates for improved safety in horse racing are calling for sweeping changes in Pennsylvania, a matter they say has been underscored by a recent criminal investigation at Penn National Race Course in Dauphin County.

Last November, a federal grand jury indicted three trainers and a track employee. The trainers, David Wells, Sam Webb and Patricia Rogers were accused of fraud after allegedly trying to dope horses with medications not permitted within 24 hours of a race.

Danny Robertson, who was employed at the track as a clocker, allegedly provided false workout times in exchange for cash.

All four pleaded not guilty and are awaiting trial.

Penn National spokesman Fred Lipkin said the four were banned from the track and called them “a few bad apples.” Lipkin declined a request for an on-camera interview.

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