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The health and safety of the equine participants at all Penn National Gaming racing properties is of paramount importance to the Company.  The racing participants who are entrusted with the ownership and ongoing care of these animals must take all reasonable actions to ensure the horses are treated with dignity and respect.

Through the Company’s Horse Racing Guide, a Code of Conduct has been established for all racing participants and employees and is enforced at its racing properties.

Animal Welfare is prominently addressed in the Guide with sanctions and/or penalties for individuals in the event those entrusted with the care of animals participating in racing at our facilities engage in actions detrimental or not in the best interests of the animal.

Penn National Gaming, Inc. and its racing properties were among the first racetracks in North America to institute prohibitions on the practice of shipping and sale of horses for slaughter and mostly recently, prohibiting the shipment of horses by cargo ship. Racing participants found to violate these guidelines are held accountable for their actions which can result in a loss of stabling and racing privileges at all Penn National Gaming racing properties.

For those horses whose racing careers have ended, several of Penn National Gaming’s racing facilities work with and support local, regional, and national horse retirement and retraining programs to assist in the retraining and transitioning of racehorses to a “second act” in their careers.