Tom Precious

Tom Precious also writes for The Blood-Horse, sister magazine to The Horse.

Articles by Tom Precious

New York Regulators Approve Racehorse Health-Related Rules

At a March 12, New York racing regulators passed several racehorse health regulations. Read More

N.Y. Racing Regulators to Consider Standard Drug Thresholds

Regulators are poised to enact new thresholds for 24 drugs and propose rules to regulate shock wave therapy. Read More

New York Racing Regulators Reinstate Corticosteroid Rules

The rule requires a claimed horse's trainer to provide details on injections given within 30 of claiming. Read More

N.Y. Budget Redirects VLT Funds to Improve Equine Safety

One percent of purse enhancements from New York's VLT program will fund new equine safety initiatives. Read More

Trainer of Ky. Derby Hopeful Suspended for Drug Violations

Rudy Rodriguez was suspended and fined after flunixin was found in his horses at two races last year. Read More

N.Y. Governor: Use VLT Revenue for Equine Safety Measures

Cuomo wants to "redirect" $1.5 to $2 million per year for equine safety programs at the state's racetracks. Read More

N.Y. Racing Regulators Amend Medication Rules

Racing regulators amended rules on the use of clenbuterol and methylprednisolone acetate in Thoroughbreds. Read More

N.Y. Racing Regulators to Adopt Shock Wave Standards

Regulators could ban horses from racing or breezing for at least 10 days after shock wave therapy treatments. Read More

N.Y. Racing Regulators Adopt Safety Recommendations

Officials imposed the first round of rules intended to make it safer for racehorses on Oct. 11. Read More

N.Y. to Act on Racehorse Health, Safety Task Force Findings

Officials will implement new rules recommended by a task force report to improve equine safety. Read More

Judge Refuses to Dismiss Suit Against TRF

The lawsuit alleges a host of complaints, including that horses were mistreated under the group's care. Read More

More Racehorse Veterinary Records to be Publicized

The treatment and drug records of horses running in the Travers Stakes will be updated daily online. Read More

Schneiderman Pushing Ahead in TRF Lawsuit

In state court filings Schneiderman accused the foundation of a pattern of equine abuse stretching nationwide. Read More

New York Attorney General Sues TRF

The complaint alleges that for years the TRF took in far more horses than it could afford to support. Read More

N.Y. Racehorse Fatality Database to Open to Public

The database will include information about racehorse deaths, injuries, and incidents in New York. Read More

New York Revises Bute Administration Rule for Racehorses

New York is returning to a standard banning the use of Bute in horses in the 48 hours leading up to a race. Read More

Thoroughbred Trainer Fined for Harassment of Veterinarian

The trainer allegedly harassed a veterinarian and her assistant following a drug test on a horse last March. Read More

Suspended Trainer Dutrow Granted 30-Day Stay of Action

A judge granted the trainer a 30-day stay of action after officials suspended his license for 10 years. Read More

Thoroughbred Trainer Dutrow's License Revoked for 10 Years

Regulators cite a pattern of rules violations--including numerous equine drug infractions--in revocation. Read More

Decision on Dutrow Drug Infractions Due Next Week

Dutrow is expected to find out if he will be allowed to train again after alleged equine drug infractions. Read More

NY May Demand Horses' Complete Vet Records

State racing regulators in New York, seeking additional and timely information about medications given to racehorses, are eyeing a major crackdown on recordkeeping practices of Thoroughbred owners and trainers.

In what one official Read More

Thoroughbred Breeder Paragallo Indicted on Cruelty Charges

Thoroughbred breeder Ernest Paragallo, whose farm in upstate New York became the center of allegations over animal neglect claims, was indicted today by a grand jury on 35 counts of animal cruelty.

The indictment, stemming from an April Read More

Thoroughbred Breeder Paragallo Charged With 22 Cruelty Counts

New York Thoroughbred breeder Ernie Paragallo was charged with 22 counts of cruelty to animals, the chief prosecutor in the case told The Horse's sister publication The Blood-Horse April 10.

"The animals were clearly neglected," Read More

Alleged Cruelty Law Violations Found at Paragallo Farm

Investigators say they found serious violations of animal cruelty laws involving at least 40 Thoroughbred horses at the New York farm owned by Ernie Paragallo following a raid April 8 by State Police and animal protection agency officials. Read More

New York Racing Regulators Investigate Owner Paragallo

State regulators in New York have begun an investigation into undernourished mares that were given away by Thoroughbred owner and breeder Ernie Paragallo.

The New York State Racing and Wagering Board will examine the circumstances under Read More