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
March 21, 2007
The Kentucky horse racing industry and some state lawmakers are rallying around legislation that would spare racetracks the cost of drug testing and provide millions of dollars a year to fund the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority.
The bill Read More
March 14, 2007
Though it stands by its equine drug-testing program, the Ontario Racing Commission said March 13 it will allow trainers with positives for aminorex, a methamphetamine-like substance, to enter horses in races in the province. The investigation Read More
March 12, 2007
Recent positives for aminorex, a drug that has had no commercial source since the 1980s and has no place in racehorses under industry guidelines, has regulators seeking answers and horsemen on the defensive.
There have been positives for Read More
March 12, 2007
Two Democratic legislators in Kentucky have formally asked Republican Gov. Ernie Fletcher why the horse industry won’t have broad representation at an agriculture summit scheduled for March 15 in Louisville.
According to the state Web Read More
February 20, 2007
The Kentucky Horse Racing Authority has on its wish list the position of equine medical director, funding for which would come from the Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council.
The KHRA discussed the position during its Feb. 20 meeting Read More
February 12, 2007
A Louisiana research project that shows racehorses can come into contact with drug residue just about anywhere on the backstretch has some horsemen calling for an end to "zero tolerance" drug-testing policies and creation of a national panel to Read More
February 12, 2007
As officials and horsemen at Turfway Park work daily to find an optimum Polytrack surface for winter racing, there is growing sentiment the synthetic material is affected by temperature or swings in temperature.
Recently, horsemen have Read More
February 09, 2007
Horsemen have indicated they plan to step up efforts to educate legislators about their concerns regarding immigration policy in the United States given the horseracing industry's heavy reliance on foreign workers, particularly those of Hispanic Read More
January 08, 2007
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
November 30, 2006
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
November 29, 2006
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
November 17, 2006
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
November 03, 2006
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
October 08, 2006
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
October 05, 2006
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
September 08, 2006
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
July 17, 2006
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
July 01, 2006
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
June 08, 2006
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
June 01, 2006
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
June 01, 2006
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
May 20, 2006
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
May 04, 2006
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
April 25, 2006
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
April 13, 2006
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