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

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

Ky. Salix Town Hall Meeting: More Questions Than Answers

Roughly 15 individuals commented on the KHRC Salix phase-out proposal, with only one in support of the measure Read More

Minnesota Makes Racehorse Drug Threshold Changes

The new guidelines will be "based on the latest science, testing technology, and veterinarian expertise." Read More

Split Over Race-Day Salix Continues in Kentucky

The Salix debate will continue in early June when the KHRC holds a town hall meeting on the topic. Read More

Vets Report Safe Kentucky Oaks and Derby

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission reported successful Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby Presented by Y Read More

KHRC to Discuss, But Not Vote on, Salix Plan

The KHRC will discuss a possible three-year phase-out of race-day furosemide in graded and listed stakes.
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Race-Day Drugs, Regulation Discussed by Panel

Furosemide, also known as Salix or Lasix, is the only therapeutic medication widely used on race day. Read More

Congress Hears Race-Day Medication Testimony from Industry

The witnesses all told Congress they don't believe race-day medication has a place in Thoroughbred racing. Read More

Congress Sets Hearing on Health, Safety in Horse Racing

The last congressional hearing on horse racing was held in June 2008 and dealt with similar issues. Read More

W.Va. Racing Regulators Allow Action in Slaughter Cases

The agency could take action against permit holders found to have knowingly sold a horse for slaughter. Read More

Jockey Club Seeks Tougher Equine Medication Rules

Broad adoption of the new medication policies hinges on action by regulators in all racing jurisdictions. Read More