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UPDATE: PA Commission suspends Harrah’s race dates

09:48 AM 24 Jan 2014 NZDT
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Commission has suspended Harrah's racing license

Today at the Pennsylvania State Harness Racing Commission in Hershey, PA, the commission said it has suspended Harrah's Philadelphia's 2014 race dates. Located in Chester, Pa., Harrah’s Philadelphia was scheduled to open its race meet on Friday, March 14.

"The Harness Racing Commission has suspended race dates for 2014 for Harrah's Philadelphia until Harrah's Philadelphia complies with the Harness Racing Commission's requests," said Samantha Krepps, press secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. "Their license has not been suspended, the commission has suspended the issueing of Harrah's race dates."

The official commission document outlining why Harrah's race dates for 2014 have been suspended reads as follows:

"And now, this 23rd day of January, 2014, after having requested specific information from, Harrah's Philadelphia (Harrah's) regarding its proposed plan to address race track surface issues on numerous occasions and having received no substantive information or documentation from Harrah's, the Commission hereby suspends Harrah's 2014 race dates which this Commission previously approved on December 19, 2013.

"The above race-date suspension shall continue until such time as the Commission and/or its staff receives the requested information or documentation from Harrah's." 

Barry Brown, Director of Racing Operations at Harrah’s Philadelphia, could not be reached for comment.

By Steve Wolf for


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