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

USTA Creates Medication Advisory Committee

The United States Trotting Association (USTA) has created its own Medication Advisory Committee. Read More

Breeders' Cup: No Expense Spared on Integrity

Breeders' Cup believes it is prepared in the areas of horse safety and security for the World Championships. Read More

Massachusetts Adopts Uniform Racehorse Drug Regulations

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted unanimously to adopt uniform medication and drug-testing rules. Read More

Racetracks, Industry Groups Push for Model Drug Rules

More than 50 tracks and organizations signed a letter supporting the model rules and drug-testing reform. Read More

Foreman: Drug Uniformity Won't Be Sidetracked

A uniform medication rule proponent says the USTA's move to drop out of the RMTC won't derail the effort. Read More

USTA Says No to Model Rules, Leaves RMTC

The United States Trotting Association (USTA), citing breed differences, ended its membership in the RMTC. Read More

Florida Horsemen Collaborating on Economic Impact Study

After the Ky. Equine Survey results were released, Florida horsemen are collaborating on their own study. Read More

Ohio Eyes Changes in Racehorse Drug Policy and Testing

OSRC is moving forward to adopt drug-testing threshold levels as part of national model rules, Read More

WVRC Adopts Animal Cruelty Policy

The racing commission approved a cruelty policy that relies heavily on existing practices and state law. Read More

Medication Reforms Carry Sense of Urgency

The Jockey Club recommended that all U.S. racing jurisdictions pledge to adopt a uniform medication program. Read More

The Jockey Club to Help Fund Racehorse Drug Testing

The Jockey Club will provide funds to some racing jurisdictions to step up out-of-competition drug testing. Read More

RMTC: Confidentiality in Research Necessary

An official explains why confidentiality is used when setting medication thresholds and withdrawal times. Read More

Kentucky Racing Officials: New Drug Policy Is Working

Regulatory administration of race-day anti-bleeding medication has provided a clearer picture of drug testing. Read More

Foreman: Racehorse Drug Model Rule a 'Living Document'

The regulations are a "living document" that likely will be adjusted based on industry needs, one group says. Read More

Scientists Question Clenbuterol Regulations for Racehorses

Some veterinarians expressed concerns over the proposed clenbuterol withdrawal time and testing levels. Read More

Ohio Horsemen to Pay More for Racehorse Drug Testing

Ohio horsemen will pay more to offset the cost of equine drug testing under a resolution adopted June 27. Read More

Progress Cited on Racehorse Medication Penalty System

Plans to implement a points-driven penalty system for equine medication violations are moving forward. Read More

Probe of Horse Death at Mountaineer Racetrack Continues

Officials said May 21 they are still investigating the death of a horse at the Mountaineer receiving barn. Read More

Oxbow Never Looks Back in Preakness Upset

Calumet Farm's Oxbow gunned to the front from the gate to win the $1 million Preakness Stakes May 18. Read More

Call Issued for Major Changes in Racehorse Drug Policy

One attorney discussed how federal intervention could help resolve racehorse medication issues. Read More

Feds Seeking Racehorse Drug Regulation

Members of Congress are preparing to introduce legislation that would regulate medication use in racehorses. Read More

Use of Calming Agent in Racehorses Examined

Racing officials are taking a close look at the calming agent GABA, which was banned by the USEF in 2012. Read More

W.Va. Issues Support for Uniform Racehorse Medication Plan

The resolution furthers an effort to implement uniform racehorse medication, penalty, and testing rules. Read More

National HBPA to Breeders' Cup: Keep Salix

The organization voted to endorse the use of race-day furosemide during this year's Breeders' Cup races. Read More

Keeneland: No Plans to Ditch Polytrack

The racetrack has no intention to remove its Polytrak surface after this year's spring meet. Read More