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

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

Jockey Club's Revised Drug Rules Have Salix Provision

The Jockey Club has added a provision governing regulatory administration of furosemide on race day. Read More

West Virginia Racing Commission Plans Meeting on Salix Use

The commission plans to hold a fact-finding meeting on use of race-day furosemide day, officials said Aug. 4. Read More

National HBPA Affiliates Back Use of Race-Day Salix

The majority of the National HBPA affiliates have adopted pro-race-day Salix resolutions. Read More

Group Wants Act to Regulate Horse Racing Medication

A new grassroots organization that opposes race-day medication wants involvement by the federal government. Read More

Federal Racing Medication Regulation Gets Push, With Caveats

Federal regulation of horse racing medications was the topic of a July 12 congressional hearing. Read More

Horsemen Learn about Equine Corticosteroid Use

Thoroughbred horsemen in Indiana learned about corticosteroid use in equine joint injections. Read More

Quest to Ban Race-Day Furosemide Called 'Insanity'

Supporters ripped their opponents and vowed to take their case--that Salix is good for the racehorse--public. Read More

For Racing Regulators, Salix Debate Just Beginning

Racing regulators around the country discuss Kentucky's move to ban race-day furosemide administration. Read More

TRA Endorses Broad Equine Medication Reform Policy

The TRA has endorsed a policy for equine medication reform supported by many industry stakeholders. Read More

Ky. Vets Develop Plan to Identify At-Risk Racehorses

Regulatory veterinarians implemented new protocol after an increase in the number of racing injuries in May. Read More

Foreign Organizations Back Ky. Salix Phase-Out

The International Federation of Horseracing Authorities and the Hong Konj Jockey club support the decision. Read More

Industry Responds to Ky. Approval of Race-Day Salix Ban

Kentucky horsemen, after the vote, said they intend to lobby lawmakers to oppose the regulation. Read More

N.Y. Lawmakers Oppose Ban on Race-Day Salix

Two New York senators announced June 12 that they do not support a ban on race-day Salix administration. Read More

Ky. Commission Approves Race-Day Salix Ban

The measure would ban the use of furosemide on race-day in graded and listed stakes over a three-year period. Read More

AGSC Restates Desire for Salix Ban in Stakes

The AGSC supports a ban on all race-day medication in graded stakes race for 2-year-old Thoroughbreds. Read More