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

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

Racing 'Safety Steward' Position Called Valuable

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance considers the presence of a 'safety Read More

New York Lawmaker Calls for Salix Ban

A New York lawmaker will introduce legislation banning "performance-enhancing drugs" in racing, such as Salix. Read More

Officials Say Horse Racing Drug Report Dispels Criticism

Officials: Report that shows 99.5% of samples tested "clean" in 2010 dispels claims that racing is drug-ridden Read More

Science in the Mix: 'Pedigree Is Genetics'

The combination of genomics and pedigree theory hasn't come close to reaching its potential, speakers agreed. Read More

Genetics and Pedigree Go Head to Head

The first day of the Thoroughbred Genetics, Pedigree, and Performance Conference provided informative sessions Read More

Groups Draw Line on Salix Ban in Thoroughbred Racing

Thoroughbred horsemen's groups are drawing a line in the sand when it comes to the anti-bleeding drug Salix. Read More

Jockey Club Goal: 'Medication-Free' Horse Racing

The Jockey Club reiterated its calls for a ban of Salix but made it clear it wants medication-free racing. Read More

No Salix in 2-Year-Old Thoroughbred Graded Stakes in 2012

The AGSC will employ a program banning race-day medications in graded 2-year-old Thoroughbred stakes races. Read More

RMTC: Tighten Salix Rules, Ban Adjunct Drugs

The RMTC will continue to study a pilot program proposal to ban the use of Salix in 2-year-old Thoroughbreds. Read More

Groups React to Breeders' Cup Drug Phase-Out

For the most part Thoroughbred racing industry organizations that have weighed in on the plan by Breeders' Cup Read More

Breeders' Cup Begins Drug Phase-Out in 2012

Breeders' Cup officials announced that the use of race-day medication will be prohibited in World Championship Read More

RMTC Sets Meeting to Discuss Race-Day Drugs

The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) will, among other things, discuss proposals to phase out Read More

Breeders' Cup: Final Day of Testimony in Life At Ten Case

Possible friction among Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) staff was part of testimony June 30 on the Read More

Changes Sought for Kentucky Breed Incentive Fund

The Kentucky Breeders' Incentive Fund advisory committee May 10 unanimously approved key changes in the program, which has become an important part of the state's Thoroughbred industry in very challenging times. The recommend Read More

AAEP Urges Caution on Federal Horse Racing Drug Bill

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) has expressed concern with "very broad language" in federal legislation geared toward use of performance-enhancing drugs in racehorses. The legislation, introduced in Congress May 4, apparently Read More

Horse Racing Drug Bill Introduced by Congressmen

Two members of Congress introduced legislation May 4 authorizing penalties for those caught using performance-enhancing drugs in racehorses. The Federal Trade Commission would enforce the provisions of the bill offered by Republican Rep. Ed Whitfield Read More

Racing Commissioners: Phase Out Use of Equine Drugs in Five Years

The outgoing and incoming leaders of the Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI) called for a five-year phase-out of equine medication from horse racing March 28. Outgoing RCI chairman Dan Hartman of the Colorado Racing Commission Read More

NTRA Safety Alliance Updates Code of Standards

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Safety and Integrity Alliance has updated its code of standards to add more protocol for prevention and reporting of equine injuries, jockey health and safety, and continuing education for industry Read More

Pre-Race Exams Included in Proposed West Virginia Racing Rules

The West Virginia Senate passed an overhaul of the state's horse racing regulations Feb. 25, which include mandatory pre-race veterinary exams for horses. The revisions have met with some opposition from horsemen and breeders who claim their Read More

Breeders' Cup: Drug Tests Done in Life At Ten Probe

On Feb. 9, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) offered no details about or a timeline for the ongoing investigation into Life At Ten's performance in the 2010 Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., though there Read More

Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council Targets Corticosteroids

The Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council (KEDRC), citing a need to explore use of corticosteroids in racehorses, agreed Feb. 9 to take bids for research into one of the drugs in the research planning phase.
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Bill Provides $30 Million for New Jersey Racing

A bill that would shift $30 million from the Casino Redevelopment Authority to the horse racing industry in the state of New Jersey over a three-year period progressed in the legislature on Jan. 10. The money would be paid on a sliding scale Read More

Beulah Park Quarantine Continues, Three Horses Confirmed Dead

One barn at Beulah Park near Columbus, Ohio, has been released from quarantine, but a possible new case of equine herpesvirus (EHV) is being investigated in another barn, officials said Jan. 8.
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