At its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission approved a plan for The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono to phase out use of its barn area and training track by the end of 2019, and to build a receiving barn and extend the racing season in 2020.
In other action, the commission named Tony Salerno, who has served as its representative at Harrah’s Philadelphia, to the position of Bureau Director of Standardbred Racing. He replaces Brett Revington, who resigned last fall.
The move by Pocono management to eliminate its barn area is tied to ongoing concerns by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection over runoff into Mill Creek, which is located near the Plains Township racetrack’s barn area and training track.
Plans call for a large receiving barn to be built near the paddock, allowing horses to ship in and train on the main track.
Also discussed was a possible extension of the racing season, which would begin in mid-February rather than mid-to-late-March. Racetracks submit dates requests later in the year.
Also at the meeting, the commission tabled a proposal by The Meadows to remove its passing lane.