03/15/2011 5:24PM

Penn National racing secretary Paul Jenkins intends to retire

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Paul Jenkins, the racing secretary at Penn National Race Course since December 1999, announced Tuesday that he intends to retire, ending a 42-year career in racing.

Jenkins will end his stint as the central Pennsylvania track’s racing secretary next weekend, when Penn National shuts down from March 27 to April 3. The track will reopen on April 4 with a new 6 p.m. Eastern first post time.
“I’ve been planning this for some time, and with our spring shutdown starting next weekend, it’s a good time to wrap things up”, said Jenkins. He and his wife, Winnie, have already moved from central Pennsylvania north to the Wilkes-Barre area.

After owning and operating nurseries and garden centers in the Philadelphia area, Jenkins got his first job as a stable hand at the now defunct Liberty Bell Park in suburban Philadelphia. He was an owner and assistant trainer before moving into the racing office, and then became one of the best known racing officials in the mid-Atlantic region.

Jenkins served as a race secretary at Keystone Race Track, Garden State Park, River Downs, Ellis Park, and Philadelphia Park before he came to Penn National.