Tom LaMarra

Tom LaMarra is the news editor for The Blood-Horse magazine.

Articles by Tom LaMarra

Track Safety Accreditation a Long-Haul Process

One down, but many more to go in a process designed to never hit the finish line.

The accreditation of Churchill Downs by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance is being called a major accomplishment by Read More

Breeders' Cup Foal Nominations Down 9%

The number of Thoroughbred foals nominated to the Breeders' Cup program for 2008 was 14,602, down about 9% from 16,089 in 2007, according to figures released Feb. 24 by Breeders' Cup.

Revenue from 2008 foal nominations is about $7.3 million Read More

KEEP Chairman: Gaming Legislation Likely in Kentucky

The chairman of the Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) said Feb. 18 he expects gaming-related legislation benefitting the Kentucky horse industry to pass--but he's not sure when.

Thoroughbred owner and breeder Brereton Jones, a former Read More

Kentucky Horsemen Make Case to Legislators

More than 100 people who make their living in the Kentucky horse industry made their case to three Northern Kentucky legislators Feb. 16, and the message was clear: The economics must change or the state will lose a valuable asset.

The Read More

Florida Lab to Handle Kentucky Equine Drug Testing

The University of Florida Racing Laboratory has been selected to handle equine drug testing for Kentucky.

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, on recommendation of the Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council, unanimously voted Feb. 10 to hir Read More

Turfway Barn Quarantined Pending Tests; EHV-1 Suspected

A barn at Turfway Park was quarantined Jan. 30 after a horse that showed signs of equine herpesvirus (EHV) was euthanized, track officials confirmed later that day.

The barn, which contains about 40 horses under the care of several Read More

Kentucky Bill: Use Taxes to Fund Horse Racing

A Kentucky lawmaker is preparing racing-related legislation with a primary goal of funding the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, equine drug testing, and supplements for purses and stakes at the state's racetracks.

The draft bill authore Read More

Ohio Thoroughbred Breeders Could Require Licenses

Ohio Thoroughbred breeders would be licensed by the state for a fee each year and face serious penalties--including a suspension of up to 10 years--should they violate rules governing registration of state-bred horses under regulations proposed Read More

Ohio Creates Equine Advisory Task Force

Just days before Ohioans vote on whether to authorize a constitutional amendment allowing for a casino in southwestern Ohio, the state Department of Agriculture announced an 11-member Equine Industry Advisory Task Force charged with promoting an Read More

Kentucky Task Force Identifies Racing Problems, Needs Money

The Governor's Task Force on Racing in Kentucky is close to preparing and releasing a report pinpointing problems and offering recommendations that ultimately will require a lot of money--something in short supply given an ongoing budget crunch. Read More

NTRA Announces Racing Safety Reforms, Independent Monitor

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) officially unveiled a series of equine health and safety reforms Oct. 15 that will be overseen by an independent monitor. During the news conference in New York City, less than two weeks before Read More

Breeders' Cup to Return to Churchill in 2010

The Breeders' Cup World Championships will return to Churchill Downs in 2010 to begin what could be a regular run of the Kentucky racetrack serving as a host site, officials indicated Oct. 8.

Churchill has hosted the event six times--the Read More

NTRA to Introduce Racing Safety and Integrity Initiative

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association will unveil its Safety and Integrity Initiative Oct. 15 and fully expects broad industry cooperation given progress made thus far, officials said Oct. 1.

"The train leaves the station Oct. 15," Read More

Kentucky Equine Drug Testing Laboratory Plans in the Works

The Governor's Task Force on the Future of Horse Racing hopes to have the framework for a plan to create an equine drug-testing laboratory in Kentucky in place by the end of this year.

A task force subcommittee met Sept. 23 in Lexington to Read More

NTRA Hopes to Fast-Track Safety Plan

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) hopes to have a long-term implementation plan for uniform equine health and safety measures in place within 30 days.

Almost 70 industry stakeholders met the morning of Sept. 12 in Read More

Kentucky Panel Approves Ban on Racehorse Steroids

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission voted unanimously Aug. 25 to ban the use of anabolic steroids in racehorses, and the rules could be in place the first week of September should Gov. Steve Beshear sign an emergency regulation as expected. Read More

Thoroughbred Industry Round Table Focuses on Drug Testing, Safety

Calls to action aren't new to The Jockey Club Round Table conference, but at this year's meeting Aug. 17 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., there appeared to be a sense of urgency. Public perception and the threat of federal intervention have a way of Read More

Horsemen's Group Hosts Racehorse Welfare and Safety Forum

During a July 18 equine welfare and safety forum, Jay Hickey recalled that in 1982, legislation to regulate parts of the horseracing industry was circulated in the halls of Congress. The bill, which had the not-so-enticing name of the "Corrupt Read More

Strategic Plan for Racehorse Safety in Works

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association is formulating a "strategic plan" for equine health and safety and will seek support from various industry organizations when the document is released, probably in early fall.

NTRA president and Read More

Kentucky Racing Panel Reorganized Again

Democratic Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear signed an executive order July 3 reorganizing and renaming the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority (KHRA), which is now the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC).

Several of the "new" members already Read More

Hearing Shows Thoroughbred Racing at Critical Point

Drugged equines, grisly catastrophic injuries, greedy breeders, damaged racehorses with nowhere to go, inaction and confusion, and industry leaders more concerned with holding onto power than doing the right thing--a congressional subcommittee Read More

Racing Groups Have Say Before Washington Hearing

As the House Subcommittee on Commerce and Consumer Protection prepared for a June 19 hearing on the horseracing industry, groups continued to weigh in on various issues, including use of anabolic steroids in racehorses.

On June 18, the Read More

USDA, Horse Council Hold Unwanted Horses Forum

It tends to get lost in the shuffle because it's not as sexy as anabolic steroids, race-fixing, or catastrophic breakdowns from a media perspective. But talk to people who work in the horse industry every day, and they'll tell you the issue of Read More

Horse Industry Prompted to Get Involved in 2008 Elections

Although the United States presidential election will get the biggest headlines as November approaches, horse industry representatives were told June 17 they should pay attention to--and get involved in--congressional races around the country. Read More

Horsemen's Protective Association to Talk Equine Health, Safety

The National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association will tackle equine health and welfare issues at a two-hour forum July 18 during its summer convention in Hershey, Pa.

The forum, the latest in a series of horse racing industry Read More