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Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board releases annual racetrack report

3 April 2018

(PRESS RELEASE) -- The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board today released the Annual Racetrack Casino Benchmark Report detailing the impact of Pennsylvania casinos on the Commonwealth's horse racing industry. The report is now available for download from the PGCB's website.

The report includes and compares information from the 2017 calendar year. Among the report's findings is that the tax generated by the play of slot machines amount to $239 million and was earmarked for enhancements of race purses, assisting breeding operations located in Pennsylvania, providing health and pension benefits for horsemen, and to support agricultural initiatives.

The report also shows that total dollars wagered on live races held at the six racetracks operating in the Commonwealth was up 3% in 2017, exceeding $700 million. The horse racing tracks operating in conjunction with casinos in Pennsylvania are Parx Casino in Bucks County, Presque Isle Downs & Casino in Erie County, Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course in Dauphin County, The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in Luzerne County, The Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Washington County, and Harrah's Philadelphia Racetrack and Casino in Delaware County.

Additionally, the report and its accompanying detailed statistical summary, provides five-year historical information on:
  • Attendance at Pennsylvania's racetracks;
  • Backstretch improvements;
  • A breakdown of PA Race Horse Development Trust Fund distributions;
  • Figures for breeding of both thoroughbred and standardbred horses;
  • Number of live races held in Pennsylvania and number of horses competing;
  • Purses awarded; and
  • Taxable handle and live racing handle.

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