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 Adds Three New $1-Million Races

The Breeders’ Cup World Championships will have a new look at first-time host Monmouth Park this year--an expanded two-day event that will inaugurate three $1-million stakes designed to accommodate owners and breeders.

Select purse Read More

Delaware to Take Tougher Stance on Blood-Doping

Delaware is taking a harder line on use of erythropoietin and similar blood-doping agents.

The Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission, which already considers blood-doping a prohibited practice, may push for an increase in penalties. And Read More

Monmouth Still Slated to Host 2007 Breeders' Cup

Breeders' Cup officials visited Monmouth Park in New Jersey for a tour Nov. 28, but officials said it wasn't because the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority-operated racetrack was in danger of losing the 2007 Breeders' Cup World Read More

Power Shift in Congress has Ramifications for Equine Industry

The shift in power from Republicans to Democrats on Capitol Hill will have some affect on the horse industry's political agenda, but the results of the Nov. 7 election really didn't catch officials by surprise.

The Senate now has 50 Read More

Kentucky Regulators Examine Drug-Testing Procedures

As Churchill Downs prepares to host the Breeders' Cup World Championships, Kentucky regulators are examining the state's drug-testing policies and procedures. Upgrades, however, may hinge on state funding.

For the Nov. 4 Breeders' Cup, a full Read More

Keeneland Sets Fall Meet Attendance Record

Keeneland officials reported an all-time fall meet attendance record of 28,880 Saturday, the second day of the Lexington racetrack's meet. The figure topped the previous record of 27,788, set Oct. 14, 1989.

The Oct. 7 program, which feature Read More

KEEP to Focus on Tax Relief for the Horse Industry

Tax relief for the horse industry, not racetrack gaming, will be the focus of the Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) during the 2007 General Assembly session, according to the chairman of the organization.

KEEP this year authored Read More

Kentucky, Ohio Employ Upgraded Blood-Doping Tests

Kentucky has performed random testing for blood-doping antibodies in racehorses of all breeds for more than a year, but now it's testing for the actual proteins, a process that could put more teeth in penalties.

The Kentucky Horse Racing Read More

California Using 'Milkshake' Blood Tests to Track Trends

California will soon release the results of a study that will reflect trends in connection with blood samples taken from about 6,000 racehorses for the purpose of "milkshake" --or TCO2 testing-- last year.

California takes blood from all Read More

Ferdinand Derby Anniversary Impetus for Slaughter-Ban Push

Supporters of legislation that would ban the transport of horses to slaughter for human consumption hope the measure will pass Congress this year, a co-sponsor of the bill said in May.

A media teleconference on the issue was held the week of Read More

Progress Made on Out-of-Competition Testing Front

Out-of-competition testing of racehorses can be problematic, but some jurisdictions are making headway to combat use of performance-enhancing substances that aren't administered on race day.

The Ontario Racing Commission, under a new Read More

American Horse Council Considers Unwanted Horse Coalition Proposal

The American Horse Council (AHC) board of trustees is considering a proposal that would place under the organization's umbrella a coalition working on the issue of unwanted horses.

At the AHC issues forum in April 2005, the American Read More

Micro Management

As Congress considers legislation that would establish the National Animal Identification System (NAIS), horse industry officials are seeking to drive home the message that microchips are  a means of identifying equines--not an avenue for the Read More

Preakness: Gasps and Disbelief Give Way to Hope, Prayers

The gasps that rose from the record crowd gathered for Saturday's Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico Race Course told the story. There eventually was a winner, but even his connections were thinking about the injury to heavily favored Barbaro, Read More

Ferdinand Derby Anniversary Impetus for Slaughter-Ban Push

Supporters of legislation that would ban the transport of horses to slaughter for human consumption are hopeful the measure will pass Congress this year, a co-sponsor of the bill said May 3. Meanwhile, members of the Kentuck Read More

Diagnostic Center Funds Removed from Kentucky Budget

A $13.5-million appropriation for an expansion of the University of Kentucky's Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center (LDDC) in Lexington is among the budget line items vetoed by Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher.

Fletcher on April 24 cut $370 Read More

Kentucky Budget Includes $15M for Horse Industry

More than $15 million for horse industry-related projects and financial relief is included in the 2006-07 budget approved April 11 by the Kentucky General Assembly. The spending plan now goes to Republican Gov. Ernie Fletcher for Read More

AHC Considers "Unwanted Horse" Coalition Proposal

The American Horse Council board of trustees is considering a proposal that would place under the organization's umbrella a coalition working on the issue of unwanted horses.

At the American Horse Council issues forum a year ago, the Read More

Medication Consortium Lobbies For Long-Term Funding Mechanism

The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium, expected to exhaust its bridge funding this year, continues lobbying the industry to support a per-start fee that would be shared by horsemen and racetracks.

RMTC chairman Dan Fick, executive Read More

Research Sought on Use of Alcohol in Racehorses

Having gotten field reports that racehorses are receiving vodka intravenously in an attempt to calm them down before races, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) has authorized laboratories to develop a test for Read More

Second Barn Quarantined at Turfway Because of Virus

A second barn at Turfway Park has been quarantined because of equine herpesvirus, which was first discovered at the Northern Kentucky racetrack the week before Christmas.

One horse in Barn 27 has tested positive for the virus, Turfway Read More

Turfway Heightens Precautions After Filly Tests Positive

Turfway Park heightened precautionary measures Dec. 23 after a 3-year-old filly was diagnosed with equine herpesvirus, a contagious disease with respiratory and neurological signs.

The filly, trained by Chuck Simon, was shipped Dec. 21 t Read More

Legislative Subcommittee OKs Kentucky Drug Rules

Kentucky's new medication rules were approved Dec. 13 by the state General Assembly Administrative Regulation Review Subcommittee.

The rules, centered on race-day medication, were approved by the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority Nov. 14 Read More

Ellis Park Tornado Damage Assessed; Trainers Ponder Options

Insurance adjusters were at Ellis Park Nov. 7 assessing the damage wrought by a tornado that struck the western Kentucky racetrack early in the morning the previous day.

Three horses were killed and several others were injured, according Read More

Breeders Speak Out in Favor of Kentucky Medication Changes

More than 100 Kentucky-based breeders have come out in support of new equine medication and related penalties proposed by the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority.

Arthur Hancock III of Stone Farm near Paris, Ky., sent breeders copies of a Read More