Tom Precious

Tom Precious also writes for The Blood-Horse, sister magazine to The Horse.

Articles by Tom Precious

Alleged Cruelty Law Violations Found at Paragallo Farm

Investigators say they found serious violations of animal cruelty laws involving at least 40 Thoroughbred horses at the New York farm owned by Ernie Paragallo following a raid April 8 by State Police and animal protection agency officials. Read More

New York Racing Regulators Investigate Owner Paragallo

State regulators in New York have begun an investigation into undernourished mares that were given away by Thoroughbred owner and breeder Ernie Paragallo.

The New York State Racing and Wagering Board will examine the circumstances under Read More

New York Racehorse Steroid Ban in Effect Jan. 1

New York racing regulators have approved a final set of rules restricting the use of anabolic steroids in horse racing, effective Jan. 1, 2009. New York officials said the rules send a strong message to those hoping to use illegal Read More

New York Bans Racehorse Steroids

New York is joining other states in cracking down on steroid use in horse racing, state regulators announced Oct. 14.

"For the sake of the betting public, we want to do everything in our power to ensure that racing runs on a level playing Read More

Synthetic Racing Surfaces on Agenda in New York

New York state officials will be holding a session with racing industry officials to consider the installation of synthetic surfaces at the state's racetracks.

The July 29 forum in Saratoga Springs will feature commentary by jockeys, Read More

New York Racing Rule Targets

New York racing regulators July 31 adopted a series of new rules, including more restrictive prohibitions on betting by racetrack mutuel tellers and final action on a provision to combat "Read More

Appeals Court Upholds Pletcher Suspension

A New York state appeals court has upheld the 45-day suspension and $3,000 fine against leading trainer Todd Pletcher after one of his horses was found with a banned substance following a 2004 race at Saratoga.

The Appellate Division of the Read More

NYRA Seeks Bankruptcy Protection From Court

The New York Racing Association has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, charging that the state of New York's failure to approve a long-stalled casino project for Aqueduct Racetrack has pushed it toward insolvency.
The filing, Read More

Group Studies Synthetic Racing Surfaces for New York

A fledgling group of owners and breeders in New York has launched a new effort to study a variety of issues affecting the safety of Thoroughbred horses, including whether some of the state's racetracks should install alternative racing surfaces. Read More

Comptroller Critical of New York Standardbred Fund; Portion of Monies Comes From Thoroughbreds

A New York state authority that supports Standardbred purses and breeding has lax internal financial controls, according to an audit released Tuesday by state Comptroller Alan Hevesi.

The New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund Read More