Parx Investigation Finds Contraband, Suspensions Expected

Sarah Andrew


According to numerous sources, the Pennsylvania Racing Commission stopped several cars over the weekend going through the backstretch gates at Parx and the search uncovered a number of illegal items, including syringes and an electrical device. According to the sources, at least three people have already been summarily suspended, including a jockey and at least two trainers.

A groom was also found to have a gun in his possession and marijuana, which is illegal in the state.

The TDN was unable to reach anyone at the racing commission for additional details.

A similar investigation at Parx in July of last year resulted in a two-year suspension for trainer Richard Vega, who, investigators determined, was in possession of needles and syringes. Vega's suspension was set to expire on June 28, 2023, but he recently returned to training and started a horse at Parx on Sept. 19.

The TDN will continue to follow this story as details develop.

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