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

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

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