Tom LaMarra is the news editor for The Blood-Horse magazine.
Articles by Tom LaMarra
July 21, 2004
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association has delayed implementation of its drug-testing protocol for graded stakes in the United States because not all jurisdictions were prepared to implement it, the American Graded Stakes Committee sai Read More
July 02, 2004
Three months after national regulators' associations approved model rules for a proposed national medication policy, the task of lobbying jurisdictions to adopt them continues.
The Association of Racing Commissioners International and th Read More
June 23, 2004
Breeders' Cup, which has plans to set up a "disease-free zone" to allow horses to ship in and out of Lone Star Park, is moving full-steam ahead with preparations for this year's World Thoroughbred Championships even as a limited outbreak of Read More
April 10, 2004
Voluntary Salix use, 24-hour rule on non-steroidals sought Officials gathered in New Orleans for the first Joint Conference of Racing Regulators approved model rules for a national medication policy. It Read More
Voluntary Salix use, 24-hour rule on non-steroidals sought
Officials gathered in New Orleans for the first Joint Conference of Racing Regulators approved model rules for a national medication policy. It Read More
February 11, 2004
The National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA) has adopted a position on medication and drug testing that states any changes in policies in each jurisdiction should be enacted only after there is scientific evidence Read More
December 11, 2003
The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium continued its march toward a national model policy on medication and drug testing Dec. 10 when regulators responded favorably to the proposal. But wholesale changes in race-day medication rules around Read More
December 05, 2003
The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), which has hundreds of thousands of members, has reiterated its position on euthanasia and horse slaughter in the wake of an accusatory Blue Horse Charities letter that was disseminated to the racing Read More
December 02, 2003
The debate over whether Kentucky should implement a restrictive race-day medication policy heated up Nov. 18 with calls by racetrack veterinarians and trainers to keep the current policy intact, and criticism of the way the national Racing Read More
November 09, 2003
Blue Horse Charities has stepped up the campaign for passage of legislation to ban horse slaughter with a strongly worded letter and a full-page advertisement on the back page of the Nov. 8 edition of Daily Racing Form.
In a Read More
October 03, 2003
The chairman of the Kentucky Racing Commission has advocated a Salix-only policy on race day in the state, and said he would schedule meetings around the state to get feedback. Currently, five medications are permitted on race day in Read More
March 25, 2003
The equine breeding industry is among the recipients of funds from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, which allocated more than $4.3 million for 2003 projects.
The Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders received $190,000 to Read More
March 14, 2003
Officials said the classification of erythropoeitin -- the blood-doping agent commonly known as EPO -- as a prohibited practice has curbed its use in some jurisdictions but a definitive test for the substance is a must if any regulation is to have Read More
January 23, 2003
A campaign to bring about changes in equine drug research in Kentucky has spilled over into the public and political arenas with a call for legislative action.
The Kentucky Equine Drug Council began a fight more than a year ago for the Read More
December 11, 2002
The National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association is prepared to release a revised proposal for a national policy on drug testing and therapeutic medication. The document deals with Class 1, 2, 3, and 4 medications, as well as Read More
August 30, 2002
The scientific community wrapped up a two-day workshop at the University of Kentucky's Gluck Equine Research Center Aug. 28 with a thorough review of research into mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS). They put forth some ideas on how to Read More
July 17, 2002
The New York Racing Association (NYRA) issued a policy whereby horses that receive shock wave therapy cannot race for at least 10 days after treatment. Earlier, the California Horse Racing Board ordered restrictions on shock wave therapy Read More
March 15, 2002
As the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Racing Integrity and Drug Testing Task Force prepared to release the results of round two of its super-testing program (an initiative to identify drugs that may be used and to streamline the Read More
March 12, 2002
As the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Racing Integrity and Drug Testing Task Force prepared for its March 12 meeting, some racetrack veterinarians moved closer to forming their own organization.
Representatives from The Race Read More
March 01, 2002
In a Jan. 28 teleconference, representatives from about 20 racing industry organizations unanimously endorsed a plan to develop a national medication policy. Members of the Thoroughbred, Standardbred, and Quarter Horse racing industries Read More
February 13, 2002
A panel discussion on medication use and regulations in the pari-mutuel industry will be part of an equine medical symposium hosted by the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine March 14-15 in Hollywood Beach, Fla.
The Read More
January 29, 2002
Representatives from about 20 industry organizations unanimously endorsed a plan to develop a national medication policy during a teleconference Jan. 28. The action followed the first Racehorse Medication Summit, held Dec. 4, 2001, in Tucson, Read More
December 05, 2001
In the aftermath of Tuesday's Racehorse Medication Summit, it was all about time and money. Participants said they wouldn't have much more to say until the official minutes of the meeting are released, and Read More
December 04, 2001
Participants at Tuesday's Racehorse Medication Summit in Tucson, Ariz., reached a consensus on medication, drug-testing, security, and enforcement, but said much of any future policy depends on scientific Read More
December 04, 2001
Racing industry participants expressed hope Tuesday morning that a five-hour facilitated session on medication would at least serve as a starting point toward uniformity. No one expected radical changes in Read More
November 15, 2001
The impact a New South Wales test for erythropoietin, commonly known as EPO, will have on horse racing in the United States remains to be seen.The subject will be addressed during the Dec. 4 medication summit in Tucson, Ariz.
A test for Read More