Tom LaMarra

Tom LaMarra, a native of New Jersey and graduate of Rutgers University, has been news editor at The Blood-Horse since 1998. After graduation he worked at newspapers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania as an editor and reporter with a focus on municipal government and politics. He also worked at Daily Racing Form and Thoroughbred Times before joining The Blood-Horse. LaMarra, who has lived in Lexington since 1994, has won various writing awards and was recognized with the Old Hilltop Award for outstanding coverage of the horse racing industry. He likes to spend some of his spare time handicapping races.

Articles by Tom LaMarra

Ohio Begins Examining Racehorse Medication Rules

Officials will hear from groups involved in an effort to have all racing jurisdictions adopt uniform drug policies. Read More

Indiana Report Says Positive Cobalt Tests Down

Of the 879 samples tested through Nov. 15, nine (1%) came back over the 25 parts-per-billion threshold level. Read More

New York Racing Officials Meet in Wake of Breakdowns

Officials said racing participants will be asked to be more vigilant in an effort to prevent injuries to racehorses. Read More

WVRC Eyes Independent Review of Head-On Collision

The Dec. 13 collision led to a horse being euthanized after a race at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. Read More

Officials Investigate Head-On Collision During Horse Race

The Dec. 13 collision led to a horse being euthanized after a race at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. Read More

Kentucky Lawmakers Get Cobalt Update

Kentucky has been part of ongoing research and testing involving high levels of cobalt salts. Read More

CHRB: Testing Samples for Breeders' Cup Clear

Samples were tested at the University of California, Davis', Kenneth L. Maddy Equine Analytical Chemistry Laboratory. Read More

Santa Anita Confident in New Dirt Surface

"The surface has been very safe," said Rick Arthur, DVM, equine medical director for the California Horse Racing Board. Read More

Breeders' Cup to Employ National Medication Reforms

The world championships will be held for the first time under the National Uniform Medication Program's reforms. Read More

Kentucky Necropsy Program Disproves 'Bad Step' Myth

The program is showing that many racehorses that suffer catastrophic injuries often have pre-existing conditions. Read More

Survey: Racehorse Drug Testing System has Serious Flaws

While progress has been made in uniform medication and testing standards, a state-by-state approach is problematic. Read More

Phipps Reissues Call for Drug-Free Horse Racing

Dinny Phipps said a centralized regulatory body would facilitate changes necessary to improve the sport's integrity. Read More

Research Produces Cobalt Test Recommendation

Researchers recommended a cobalt testing threshold of 70 parts per billion, the USTA said Sept. 30. Read More

RMTC Close to Setting Cobalt Test Threshold

The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) is expected to agree on a testing threshold at its October meeting. Read More

Gulfstream Plans Furosemide-Free Races in 2015

Gulfstream Park plans to offer such races for 2-year-olds and eventually operate an on-track pharmacy. Read More

Panel: Racehorse Welfare Tied to Cultural Change

Panelists say improvements in regard to horse health and welfare is closely tied to racing cultural changes. Read More

USADA Chief: Independent Drug Testing Necessary

The USADA's head outlined how the organization could assist the Thoroughbred racing industry. Read More

Jockey Club to Explore Federal Rules on Racehorse Drugs

The Jockey Club cited progress on adopting uniform medication rules, but will advocate for federal assistance. Read More

Delaware, Lab Work to Improve Racehorse Drug Test Turnaround

Delaware's racing commission is working with a Kentucky lab to facilitate quicker equine drug test turnaround. Read More

Uniform Racehorse Drug Program Picking Up Support

Multiple jurisdictions have adopted all or parts of the program, with more expected to be on board soon. Read More

Panel: Culture Change Needed in Thoroughbred Racing

Panelists pushed for better communication and more transparency to help keep racehorses safe. Read More

Identifying At-Risk Racehorses a Priority

The Thoroughbred industry is pushing the need to identify racehorses at risk of catastrophic injury. Read More

National Uniform Medication Program for Racing Gets Push

American Horse Council convention attendees discussed medication program during forums and conversations. Read More

Drop in Owners, Registered Horses Focal Point of AHC Forum

Attendees discussed possible solutions to problems brought on by having fewer owners and registered horses. Read More

Unwanted Horse Coalition Aims to Maximize Programs

Unwanted Horse Coalition member organizations met June 23 and sought input on how to maximize their programs. Read More