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

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

Sen. Udall: 'Corruption' in Horse Racing Alarming

In the wake of a March 25 New York Times report, Udall renewed his call for safety and integrity regulation. Read More

Major Equine Survey Planned for Kentucky

The survey will include all breeds and disciplines of horses, as well as ponies, mules, and donkeys. Read More

Furosemide 'Myths' Discussed at HBPA Convention

Panelists said there is no scientific evidence supporting a ban on the use of furosemide on race day. Read More

Salix Among National HBPA Convention Discussion Topics

Furosemide, known as Salix, will be discussed Jan. 14 during the National HBPA Medication Committee forum. Read More

New York Panel Issues Plan for Retired Racehorses

A percentage of revenue from video lottery terminals and purse accounts could go to help retired racehorses. Read More

AAEP Examines Owner-Trainer-Vet Relationship in Racing

The AAEP is developing protocol to improve the relationship among owners, trainers, and veterinarians. Read More

Track Veterinarians See Progress in Equine Health, Safety

The racing industry is making significant progress in identifying causes for equine injuries, two vets agree. Read More

Meeting Shows Deep Divide Over Salix Use in Thoroughbreds

There is a decided split between trainers and breeders on the issue of race day furosemide in Thoroughbreds. Read More

Race-Day Medication Pros and Cons Debated

The meeting began with several presentations on furosemide and EIPH, the condition the medication treats. Read More