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Washington, PA - Veteran horse racing executive Mark Loewe has been named Vice President of Racing for the Meadows Casino, Racetrack and Hotel, subject to customary regulatory licensing requirements. Loewe has over forty years of experience in the horse racing industry, working both on the backstretch and in the boardroom at many varied locations. A New York City native and graduate of St. John's University, Loewe rose in the racing ranks from groom to successful trainer in the 1980s and 1990s and then made a seamless transition to the management side at Pompano Park in 1991 where he worked until 2014. Loewe joined Penn National Gaming, Inc. ("PNGI") in February 2008 as General Manager of the Sanford Orlando Kennel Club in Longwood, Florida and since then has assumed racing leadership roles at five other PNGI horse racing facilities (Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, Beulah Park, Raceway Park, Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway and Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course.) Loewe was actively involved in the development of the overall racing facilities at Dayton Raceway and Mahoning Valley Race Course and since late 2014 has served as Vice President of Ohio Racing Operations for PNGI. Loewe will retain his oversight of the Mahoning Valley Race Course racing operations as part of his new assignment. "I'm excited by the opportunity and challenges presented by the Meadows racing operation. I was already familiar with many of the employees and horsemen at the facility and I'm looking forward to positively impacting the racing operations," Loewe said. "I have the utmost confidence in Mark and his abilities and look forward to his active involvement in the Meadows racing program. He has a proven track record at multiple operations and we are excited to add the Meadows to our stable of 13 owned or managed pari-mutuel racetracks," added Chris McErlean, Vice President of Racing for PNGI. From the Meadows Racetrack & Casino  

FREEHOLD, NJ — December 10, 2018 — With sports betting up and running at the  Meadowlands and Monmouth Park, it appears that Freehold Raceway is ready to join the action. According to Christopher McErlean, vice president at Penn National - which co-owns the track, “We are in negotiations with vendors for both retail and online, and we hope to have a decision by the end of the month.” Freehold plans to follow the Meadowlands and Monmouth Park sports betting set up by having one vendor handle both in house and online operations. The goal is to have a vendor by December 31 but that does not mean that everything will be up and running by NFL playoff weekend.  Freehold is watching how things have been playing out in New Jersey and is approaching sports betting for the long game. For more information on Freehold Raceway and sports betting read the Full Article https://www.njonlinegambling.com/freehold-raceway-sports-betting-coming/?fbclid=IwAR2oSOUmxbaM5g-roryVbFAQU1fn_nd9zcfRAj7RiaiQh1MIQePyosinjSQU8 From Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ

Plainville, MA---The live harness racing card and all simulcast scheduled for Thursday afternoon (Aug. 2) at Plainridge Park has been postponed as a result of the Massachusetts Legislature adjourning without taking action on a replacement or extension of the live racing and simulcast bill before the end of formal business for the year on Wednesday (Aug. 1). The Senate will be holding an informal session on Thursday (Aug. 2) and the hope is this issue gets resolved by the end of the day. If that happens, Thursday's race card will be run on Friday (Aug. 3) at 4 p.m. as drawn. Eric Schippers, Senior Vice-President of Public Affairs and Government Relations at the track's parent company Penn National Gaming said the company is hopeful that the Senate will take action on the bill Thursday morning. "We are optimistic that lawmakers will work toward a solution that allows live racing and simulcast wagering to resume in the Commonwealth soon," Schippers said in a statement. "More than 200 people including track employees, trainers, drivers and grooms earn a living as part of our racing program at Plainridge Park Casino and are unable to work until the suspension is lifted." Updates from Plainridge Park concerning this issue will be forthcoming as information becomes available. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

WYOMISSING, PA -- December 7, 2017 -- Penn National Gaming, Inc., the largest operator of Standardbred racetracks in North America, today announced the inaugural Penn National Gaming Harness Racing Challenge, to be conducted throughout the 2018 racing season. The series includes six separate stakes events with purses totaling an estimated $800,000. The races will be conducted at three Penn National Gaming owned, or jointly owned racetracks – Freehold Raceway (Dexter Cup Final and Lady Suffolk - May 5), Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway (Dayton Trotting Derby and Dayton Pacing Derby - September 28) and Plainridge Park Casino (Spirit of Massachusetts and Clara Barton Distaff - July 26.) The top owner, driver and trainer based on points accumulated in the series will receive two (2) round trip airline tickets to Las Vegas and a three (3) night stay at either the Tropicana Las Vegas or M Resort in Henderson, NV, both Penn National Gaming owned properties. “We have had a similar successful series in place the past few years for our Thoroughbred racetracks and thought with our strong presence in the harness racing industry, and having key stake events throughout the season, this would be a nice incentive for those competing in our major races,” said Mark Loewe, Vice President of Ohio Racing Operations for Penn National Gaming. The series will feature two events at each track, both conducted on the same day. A new stakes race on the calendar this year will be the Clara Barton Distaff for aged pacing mares to be conducted at Plainridge Park Casino. “The Clara Barton fills a needed void for this division in this time frame and is a great compliment to our Spirit of Massachusetts (aged trot) which debuted last year as the richest harness race ever in the Commonwealth,” said Steve O’Toole, Director of Racing for Plainridge Park Casino. Complete rules and the point system for the Penn National Harness Racing Challenge will be posted shortly on the websites of the participating racetracks. Penn National Gaming

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