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

New Phenylbutazone Threshold Level Recommended for Racing

The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium has lowered the testing threshold level for phenylbutazone ("Bute"), a commonly used non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), but has kept the administration time at 24 hours prior to a race. Read More

Thoroughbred Owner Ejected from Track, Investigation Continues

Thoroughbred owner Michael Gill, ejected from Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course Feb. 2 by order of the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission, said he has no intention of backing away from an announcement he's leaving the business Read More

Kentucky Horse Council Modifies Mission

The Kentucky Horse Council said Jan. 12 it has modified its mission statement to offer a "more accurate reflection" of how its role in the equine community has evolved.

The KHC board of directors recently adopted the new mi Read More

Drug Uniformity Remains Somewhat Elusive

Although studies have been completed to determine threshold levels for almost 20 therapeutic medications, it doesn't mean the industry will know for certain whether the drugs can impact equine performance. And it remains to be seen whether Read More

Equine Injury Data Called Critical to Racing

The Jockey Club Equine Injury Database has compiled statistics over a 12-month period for 84% of all flat racing in North America, but now comes the process of analyzing the data in an attempt to quantify the results.

Dr. Mary Scolla Read More

Thoroughbred Safety and Integrity Alliance Earns Positive Review

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance received a positive review from its independent monitor Dec. 8 but was also told it has a lot of work to do in terms of educating the public and getting racetracks to bu Read More

Safety Alliance Monitor Seeks Public Comment

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance is seeking public comment on its activities in advance of the release of an annual report in late December.

Tommy Thompson, a former federal and state Read More

Zenyatta Tops Horse of the Year Poll

Zenyatta has reclaimed the top spot in the final National Thoroughbred Racing Association poll of 2009.

The poll, which covers racing performances through Nov. 8, was released Nov. 9. Voters rated the horses on a scale of 10 down t Read More

Reduction in 2010 Kentucky Racing Dates Approved

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, on the advice of one of its committees, Oct. 27 approved 2010 racing dates for all three breeds, including a 25% cut in Thoroughbred racing.

Racetracks requested reductions because of economic Read More

Thoroughbred Racing Safety and Integrity Standards to Expand

The independent monitor for the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Safety and Integrity Alliance will conduct a "systematic and formal data-gathering phase" in the next few months and release a "detailed, comprehensive report" by th Read More

Saratoga Fully Accredited by Safety Alliance

New York Racing Association-operated Saratoga has been fully accredited by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance, officials announced Aug. 21.

Saratoga, host of the grade I Travers Stakes Aug. 29, was Read More

Racehorse Safety Accreditation for Monmouth Park

Monmouth Park in New Jersey is the sixth racetrack to be accredited by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance.

Monmouth, host of the grade I Haskell Invitational Aug. 2, was reviewed by alliance officials Read More

Drug Problem Exaggerated: Horsemen, Chemist Say

The National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA) said July 1 it plans to be more involved as the racing industry considers medication and drug-testing policies, which horsemen believe could be detrimental and Read More

AHC National Forum Tackles Equine Welfare Issues

Representatives of various equine breeds and disciplines found out June 16 they have a lot in common when it comes to the welfare and safety of horses.

The "Welfare of the Horse," called the most inclusive program of its kind, was the sole Read More

Kentucky Horse Industry Plans Rally at Capitol

The Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) is organizing a rally June 17 in the Capitol Rotunda to drum up support for legislation that would financially assist the horse industry.

The rally begins at 10 a.m. EDT on the third day of a Read More

Site of Third Jewel of Triple Crown, Belmont Park Works for Safety Accreditation

As officials in Maryland work to achieve full accreditation for Pimlico Race Course through the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance, the New York Racing Association is anticipating alliance approval for Belmont Read More

Pimlico Gets 'Provisional' Accreditation from Safety Group

Pimlico Race Course has received "provisional" accreditation from the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Safety and Integrity Alliance because not all documents tied to an inspection were submitted. The documents deal with Read More

Pennsylvania Racing to Regulate Corticosteroids

The Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission has adopted a policy whereby administration of corticosteroids in horses must be stopped seven days prior race day.

The regulation takes effect June 1, according to a policy directive signed May 4. Read More

Steroid Test Identifies Hermaphroditic Filly

Year-and-a-half-old testing for anabolic steroids in racehorses produced some unusual results--including the discovery of a Standardbred filly that's actually a male.

In Pennsylvania, tests showed a high elevation of testosterone in Arizona Read More

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