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  • What kind of miscreants are running the show over there?

    I'm sure there are plenty of good and honest trainers and horsemen and vets and they certainly deserve not to be in a place that has become an utter embarassment to racing. Actually, this is worse than an embarassment. It's nauseating.



    Trainer does THIIS to a horse, and only gets a 45 day suspension and $500 fine? And is still allowed to keep a stable there?

    It's beyond belief. How this horse suffered. For quite a while too.

    "Rodriguez's suspension is scheduled to begin Jan. 1 and run through Feb. 14. Penn National will be closed for the first two days of his suspension, and run four nights per week after that.

    “The Commission will not undertake additional actions,” Chuckas said.


    https://www.paulickreport.com/news/t...pc51Kc.twitter

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    • Originally posted by WinterTriangle View Post
      What kind of miscreants are running the show over there?

      I'm sure there are plenty of good and honest trainers and horsemen and vets and they certainly deserve not to be in a place that has become an utter embarassment to racing. Actually, this is worse than an embarassment. It's nauseating.



      Trainer does THIIS to a horse, and only gets a 45 day suspension and $500 fine? And is still allowed to keep a stable there?

      It's beyond belief. How this horse suffered. For quite a while too.

      "Rodriguez's suspension is scheduled to begin Jan. 1 and run through Feb. 14. Penn National will be closed for the first two days of his suspension, and run four nights per week after that.

      “The Commission will not undertake additional actions,” Chuckas said.


      https://www.paulickreport.com/news/t...pc51Kc.twitter
      I tend to bite my tongue on the PA situation, but this story ticked me off, too.

      Maggi Moss, who I don't always agree with, but is generally a vocal advocate for our industry, made a call on social media for horsemen and bettors to boycott PA after this.

      We need a nationwide governing body for the industry ASAP.
      Don't fall for a girl who fell for a horse just to be number two in her world... ~EFO

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      • Originally posted by Texarkana View Post

        I tend to bite my tongue on the PA situation, but this story ticked me off, too.

        Maggi Moss, who I don't always agree with, but is generally a vocal advocate for our industry, made a call on social media for horsemen and bettors to boycott PA after this.

        We need a nationwide governing body for the industry ASAP.

        I apologize to anyone who I may have offended, but yeah, this was pretty gut-wrenching, Some things are political and I avoid those types of hit pieces..... but this particular incident really bothered me. A good business model includes caring about the horses and this incident doesn't display that and shouldn't be "part of our sport.". .

        Ms. Moss has spoken out about certain events at Penn Nat before because it gives racing a bad perception out there.

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        • Well, they increased Rodriguez's fine and his suspension is now 1 year. But after reading this article, I don't think it is anything to applaud:

          https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-rac...n-neglect-case


          The trainer had one horse drop dead in his stall Friday from complications of colic/racing injuries and three others jogged lame when inspected.

          Rick Dutrow got 10 years from NY for overages on legal drugs, possessing syringes, and for basically being a loud mouth idiot. Meanwhile in PA, this guy is literally running his horses until they break and leaving them to die, and the state's response to the backlash is to extend his suspension to a whopping year. That'll show him.
          Don't fall for a girl who fell for a horse just to be number two in her world... ~EFO

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          • Rodriguez needs to be driven out of there with pitchforks.

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            • I just finished reading the BH article and this guy makes me sick.

              If you don't want to spend the $$ on treating the horse, put them down, don't let them suffer.

              The 'drop dead' thing I thought was strange given it was so soon after a vet treated for colic... gotta be wondering if the treating vet missed something. Sure would be interested in the necropsy report.

              Lame horses... hate to throw anyone under the bus for this. Any trainer could have a lame horse that is being treated.

              But, the rest... just made me sick
              You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something… S. Jobs

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              • Is truly unfortunate that after all these years of artificially inflated purses, scandals, FBI investigations, Even this close to a decade long running thread right here that that place can still suck so badly. It's truly a shame to the sport that so many tracks have been shut down but that place continues to operate.

                It's a no-brainer that casino's couldn't care less about racing or anybody associated with it and should neve be allowed to associate with racetracks. In the long run they'l kill the sport. In Pennsylvania the situation is exacerbated by a thoroughly corrupt state regulating agency who are largely responsible for most of the issues at the state's racetracks.

                Make no mistake Penn is certainly worst of the worst but all of Pennsylvania's tracks are lousy and there's no good reason for it except for the Commission.

                Here's the latest:
                https://www.gofundme.com/jockey-kayl...right-recovery
                Jockey Kaylia Albright was injured in an accident which is quite serious and looks like a long recovery. Although we certainly wish her all the best and will keep her in our prayers. I think this is as good a time as any to bring up another issue that can be laid at the feet of the commission.

                Majority of the trainers there are not covered by Workmens Compensation Insurance as is required by law. It is a 3rd degree felony in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to run a business without WC insurance. Period. A good friend suffered a broken back a few years ago. Trainer put him on a puke, no wc. He'll never ride again. I tried to get him to take legal action. He was thinking about it till somebody from Penn called him and said just send us all your medical bills. He did and they took care of it. Of course they'll all swear on a stack of Bibles that no such thing ever happened but we know it did.

                Albright being from one of the first families of Grantville I doubt will make any waves either but point being is this.
                The Commission knows full good and well about this wc problem. It's been brought to their attention several times. They are experts at telling people what they think they want to hear. They promise a crackdown coming soon. They've been promising action on this literally for years now. The crackdown never comes.

                By their refusal to enforce state law on this matter they are accomplices to the crime. The Horseshoers Union already has them in court with one Mandamus action do the workers there need to bring about another one?

                I'd ask the Attorney General's office to look into this matter and see about lighting a fire under their butts about this. I'd bet a dollar against a donut hole that whoever Kaylia was riding for had no wc insurance. This is BS!
                "I am going to have horse racing as my business, and my hobby will be punishing each and every one of you pinheads, so happy blogging you have my attention"
                Michael Gill-2010

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                • Profidia - in most states, jockeys are considered independent contractors and therefore not covered under workers compensation policies of the owner/trainer who hires them. Trainers are required to have a workers compensation policy on file with the commission at time of entry. Whether or not compliance is enforced is another question.

                  Some states have funds to help injured jockeys, since most of them do not purchase disability insurance or health insurance, including MD, NY and NJ. DE, WV and PA have catastrophic injury policies in place.

                  https://www.theracingbiz.com/2014/04...key-insurance/

                  Jockeys know they will get hurt - it's unfortunately too common for them to think they won't. The Guild also provides assistance, but I wish there was more information readily available to the riders wrt the risks they are taking and how much coverage is out there, and what they may need to purchase to supplement what is out there.
                  "When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in a confederatcy against him."

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                  • In many states, you can check to see if an employer has workers compensation insurance.

                    http://www.dli.pa.gov/Businesses/Com...arch-Form.aspx
                    "When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in a confederatcy against him."

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