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Racing operations temporarily suspended at Penn National Race Course:

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HOLLYWOOD CASINO AT PENN NATIONAL RACE COURSE TO TEMPORARILY SUSPEND RACING OPERATIONS

 

(Grantville, Pa. – March 16, 2020) — Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course (HCPNRC) announced today that live thoroughbred racing will be suspended temporarily in conjunction with the previously announced temporary closure of all gaming operations at HCPNRC effective 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 as a precautionary measure against the ongoing spread of COVID-19.

 

Updates will be provided on the status of all operations at HCPNRC as they become available.

777 Hollywood Boulevard      Grantville, PA  17028      717-469-2211      hcpn.com

Important Information: Penn National Horsemen

These Stable Area operational guidelines are effective immediately:

Receiving Barn Works and Go’s

The Receiving Barn will be available only to trainers who have been using the facility on a regular basis for the last several months. The Trainer will be responsible for cleaning his or her stalls prior to departing. Failure to properly clean the stalls will result in forfeiture of the privilege.

Stable Area Access

Access will only be given to PA State Horse Racing Commission licensees:

  • Trainers with stalls assigned at Hollywood Casino at Penn National (HCPN)
  • Grooms currently employed by a trainer with stalls assigned at HCPN
  • Private, Association and Regulatory Veterinarians
  • Jockeys who are regularly riding when we are racing
  • Exercise riders currently employed by a trainer with stalls assigned at HCPN
  • Trainers and grooms accompanying Work and Go horses 
  • Hay, Feed, and Bedding Vendors and their employees for business purposes only
  • Tack vendors and their employees with permanent shops for business purposes only
  • Manure haulers and their employees
  • HBPA and Chaplaincy personnel 
  • Medical Clinic personnel
  • Ambulance staff
  • HCPN Staff as needed to operate training and emergency repairs

Owners, guests and any other individuals requiring a day pass will NOT be permitted into the stable area. The PA State Horse Racing Commission has indicated that any license which has recently expired will be honored until the Commission is up and running, and in a position to start offering renewals. 

Unfortunately, we do not have housekeeping staff available to maintain the restrooms. HCPN requests that the horsemen share this responsibility in their own areas. HCPN will provide the cleaning supplies and trash can liners.

Please be mindful of Social Distancing. This includes gathering at the Chaplaincy Building. If the Chaplaincy wishes to continue to offer coffee and other food items to the horsemen, they should do so on a “Grab and Go” basis. Also, when HCPN maintenance employees are working in the stable area, we ask that the horsemen maintain 6 feet separation for everyone’s best interest. Obviously, this should be observed whenever possible. 

Horsemen may phone in a request for foal certificates, silks and in-slips during this time. Please call Eric Johnston at his office, (717) 469-3270.

These are tough times for us all and we realize that our horsemen’s expenses continue, despite not racing.  Please let us know if there is anything we can do to assist, until things get back to normal.

Thank you, and be well,
TODD MOSTOLLER
Executive Director, PA HBPA
(717) 469-2970

 

Important Notice

  • Effective Wednesday, April 1st, for the foreseeable future, training at Penn National Race Course will be available 5 days a week.
  • The track will be closed for training on Wednesdays and Sundays.
  • Regarding the upcoming Presque Isle Downs meet - on April 1st, we expect to have an update on when the backside will open.
  • We also want to remind ALL backstretch personnel of the reality, and the danger, everyone faces from COVID-19. The threat is very real. Please practice good basic hygiene, including frequent hand washing.
  • Please be certain to adhere to social distancing.
  • The are difficult times for all of us. We ask your continued understanding as we strive to get through this crisis and return to normal as quickly - and as safely - as possible.

 

 

Thank you, and be well,

TODD MOSTOLLER
Executive Director, PA HBPA
(717) 469-2970

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