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Penn National Gaming to bar trainers who send horses to slaughter
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 - by John Pawlak, the U.S. Trotting Association

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Columbus, OH --- Penn National Gaming, operators of Bangor Raceway, Toledo Raceway Park and three Thoroughbred tracks, will bar trainers from its racetracks who knowingly sell horses for slaughter.

The policy says, “Any horsemen stabled at a Penn National Gaming Inc.-owned or -operated horse racing facility who knowingly, or without conducting proper due diligence, sells a horse for slaughter, directly or indirectly, will have his or her stalls revoked and may, in addition, be barred from all of our racing properties.”

Penn National’s vice president of racing, Chris McErlean, who also serves as a USTA director, was quoted in Blood Horse magazine: “We need horsemen to become educated and use best efforts and practices in how they manage their equine charges and to act in a responsible way when those athletes no longer are able to race. We plan to assist our respective horsemen’s organizations in promoting and advertising available options.”


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