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

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

Industry Stakeholders Discuss Racehorse Drug Reform

Industry stakeholders met discuss creating uniform equine medication policy between states. Read More

N.Y. Bill: Ban Equine Performance-Enhancing Drugs

The legislation calls for a ban on equine performance-enhancing drugs in horse racing in New York. Read More

Horse Racing Integrity Push Continues Despite Obstacles

A panel discussed dealing with drug violators in horse racing and reported progress. Read More

NTRA's Horse PAC Reports Success in Election Cycle

The NTRA's "Horse PAC," a bipartisan fund, spent $416,500 in the most recent election cycle. Read More

Royal Delta Sails Clear in Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic

The 4-year-old filly led from the start to defend her 2011 Ladies' Classic title. Read More

Flight Carrying Breeders' Cup Horses Leaves N.Y.

The flight, rescheduled to 1 a.m. EDT Oct. 29, took off as Hurricane Sandy approached the Northeast. Read More

Data: 'Slight Drop' in Fatal Racehorse Injuries

Synthetic surfaces still have the lowest number of catastrophic breakdowns per 1,000 starts. Read More

NTRA Safety Alliance Eyes Spot Checks after N.Y. Report

The move stems from a task force report that studied a spate of catastrophic breakdowns at Aqueduct Racetrack. Read More

Report: Deficiencies Had Role in N.Y. Racehorse Deaths

A spate of fatal breakdowns was primarily the result of structural deficiencies in rules and regulations. Read More

WVRC Denies Appeal in Anti-Slaughter Case

Mountaineer racetrack has an policy stating owners and trainers must ensure horses are not "put to slaughter." Read More

W.Va. Horse Racing Officials Begin Examining Salix

A meeting served as a information-gathering session in light of ongoing discussion about furosemide use. Read More

Governor Implements New Ky. Race-Day Drug Regulations

Gov. Steve Beshear implemented regulations reforming some aspects of the state's equine medication policy. Read More

Race-Day Medication Rules Discussed in Ky., W.Va

Race-day medication discussions are taking place in both Kentucky and West Virginia. Read More

Committee Says New Ky. Race-Day Drug Rules 'Deficient'

The rules are scheduled to take effect Sept. 4, just before the start of Turfway Park's meet. Read More