PA Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association Launch Videos on Industry Health and Welfare

The Pennsylvania Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (PA HBPA) today announced the launch of three videos that center on the health and welfare of racehorses in Pennsylvania.

“We’re pleased to share these videos about Pennsylvania racing,” PA HBPA Executive Director Todd Mostoller said. “We’re proud that the commonwealth has these safeguards in place to promote the integrity of racing and helps to ensure the well-being of our competitors, both human and equine.”

”We want to promote the welfare of the horse, as well as the integrity of the sport,” Dr. Mary Robinson, acting director of the Pennsylvania Equine Toxicology and Research Laboratory (PETRL), said in the video about testing. “We can detect a single grain of salt dissolved in an Olympic-sized swimming pool.”

In the piece about race-day oversight, Penn National veterinarian Dr. Jerry Pack explained, “Each horse undergoes a minimum of four veterinary exams on race day. It has helped reduce the number of injuries we see on the racetrack.”

The third video discusses the techniques used in horse identification. “I employ a foal certificate, comparable to a birth certificate, as well as a check of a tattoo, which is in each racehorse’s top lip,” said Penn National horse identifier Ed Henry.  “The emphasis placed on integrity is 110 percent.”

Ultimately, the videos stress that Pennsylvania horse racing is dedicated to the health and welfare of every horse.

The videos were produced by Stu Kirshenbaum, a five-time Sports Emmy-award winner, and the executive producer of Keystone Films LLC.

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