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

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

West Virginia Okays Penalty System, Drug Thresholds

Officials approved the state's participation in the multiple medication violation penalty system. Read More

California Chrome Wins Preakness, Shot at Triple Crown

California Chrome will head to the Belmont Stakes and a chance to be the first Triple Crown winner since 1978. Read More

Asmussen: PETA Allegations 'Completely False'

Steve Asmussen says the allegations are untrue, and he hopes to have the chance to defend himself in court. Read More

Indiana Adopts Model Racehorse Drug Rules; Group has Doubts

The commission unanimously approved model rule threshold levels for 24 commonly used therapeutic drugs. Read More

Ky. Derby, Oaks Out-of-Competition Tests Come Back Clean

All of the Oaks and Derby entrants were tested under Kentucky statutes that govern pari-mutuel horse racing. Read More

Florida Legislature Holds Fate of Racehorse Drug Reforms

Florida stakeholders are united in backing uniform drug rules, but the fate lies with the state legislature. Read More

West Virginia to Tackle Latest Round of Model Drug Rules

Industry stakeholders will meet to consider changes related to the National Uniform Medication Program. Read More

National HBPA Endorses Changes in Racehorse Drug Rules

The National HBPA endorsed changes the Association of Racing Commissioners made to model medication rules. Read More