- By Tom LaMarra
Tom and Pete handicap the Pennsylvania Derby this weekend. watch video
Tom and Pete handicap the Pennsylvania Derby this weekend. watch video
The West Virginia Racing Commission heard the pros and cons of race-day furosemide use Sept. 17 and pledged to examine the steps necessary to implement mandatory administration of the anti-bleeding drug by third-party vets.
Tom and Pete handicap the Kentucky Turf Cup at Kentucky Downs this weekend. watch video
The Kentucky Thoroughbred Breeders' Incentive Fund had more than 8,000 mares registered by the Aug. 15 deadline, about the same number as last year.
That Turfway Park is struggling to fill live racing programs for its 16-day meet is no surprise to horsemen, who believe a "perfect storm" developed in September.
Tom and Pete handicap the Presque Isle Masters Stakes. watch video
Multiple grade I stakes winner Groupie Doll, who got a freshening in the spring and summer, is among the 12 fillies and mares entered in the Presque Isle Downs Masters Stakes (gr. II) at Presque Isle Downs & Casino Sept. 8.
Aided by an increase in race days, pari-mutuel handle and purses in August registered the largest gains in recent memory, according to the Thoroughbred Racing Economic Indicators released Sept. 5.
Laurel Park will begin a 69-day meet Sept. 5 with average daily purses of $240,000 and an expanded stakes schedule.
The Kentucky HBPA said Aug. 31 it is "frustrated and extremely disappointed" with the decision by Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear to override a vote by a legislative committee that found new equine medical rules deficient.
The Ohio Roundtable, a public policy group challenging the 2011 law authorizing racetrack video lottery terminals in Ohio, has appealed a common pleas court ruling that found the organization lacks standing in the case.
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear Aug. 30 said regulations designed to reform some aspects of the state's equine medication policy will be implemented despite action by a legislative committee that found them deficient.
Pete and Tom handicap the Woodward Stakes field racing at Saratoga this weekend. watch video
Two national organizations said Aug. 28 they find it "troubling" factions in Kentucky horse racing are opposing medication regulations proposed by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission but shot down by a legislative committee.
The West Virginia Racing Commission has officially scheduled a meeting for Sept. 17 to take comments from industry representatives on the use of furosemide, also known as Salix or Lasix, on race day.
A 10-year-old claiming mare returns home after a nine-year, 66-start career read blog
A Kentucky legislative subcommittee, in a surprise vote, found regulations governing equine medication "deficient" Aug. 27, just one week before they are scheduled to take effect.
Capital Account and Coil gave trainer Bob Baffert a one-two finish in the $250,000 Pat O'Brien Stakes (gr. II) at Del Mar Aug. 26.
Featherston, Jacobsen, and Miller's Camp Victory, second in last year's Pat O'Brien Stakes (gr. II), will try again versus five others in the race when it is renewed Aug. 26 at Del Mar.
Tom LaMarra and Pete Denk handicap the Travers Stakes this weekend. watch video
With one exception, there could be little change in live racing dates at Ohio tracks in 2013, but significant alterations are possible for 2014 should more facilities begin operating video lottery terminals.
The company whose permit to operate Thistledown was approved by the Ohio State Racing Commission Aug. 22 indicated the planned video lottery terminal operation at the racetrack will be more than temporary.
The Aga Khan's Bayrir, winner of three of four previous races including a group II stakes in France, rallied late to win the $500,000 Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) for 3-year-olds at Arlington Park Aug. 18.
Jakkalberry, no stranger to travel, made his United States debut a winning one in the first running of the $400,000 American St. Leger Stakes at Arlington Park Aug. 18.
A law expanding casino gambling in Maryland alters some tax and revenue percentages but should keep the horse racing industry whole, according to fiscal projections associated with the measure.
Tom LaMarra and Claire Novak handicap the Arlington Million and talk about Millions day. watch video
New York government would involve itself in the inspection and accreditation of facilities for retired racehorses, but one legislator believes the industry should devise such a program and decide how it would be funded.
The Jockey Club intends to continue with its efforts to market Thoroughbred racing and develop new patrons, but the organization's leader said Aug. 12 those efforts must go hand in hand with medication and penalty reforms.
In a change designed to win support of its Reformed Racing Medication Rules, The Jockey Club has added a provision governing regulatory administration of furosemide on race day.
The Jockey Club said Aug. 11 the North American registered Thoroughbred foal crop for 2013 should hold steady with the number in 2012.
There may be plenty of data out there on trainer performance, but for owners, selecting a conditioner involves much more than numbers, according to an owner and trainer that have worked together for about 15 years.
Penn National Gaming Inc. said Aug. 7 it will continue to offer live harness racing at Rosecroft Raceway in Maryland for two more years--if another Prince George's County location isn't chosen as the location for a casino.
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The West Virginia Racing Commission in late summer or early fall plans to hold a fact-finding meeting on use of furosemide on race day, officials said Aug. 4.
The majority of National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association affiliates have adopted resolutions calling for continued regulated use of furosemide on race day.
Tom and Pete handicap the Whitney Invitational Handicap and the West Virginia Derby this week. watch video
A new grassroots organization that opposes use of medication on race day wants involvement by the federal government in horse racing.
Dr. Kendall Hansen and Skychai Racing's Hansen, one of 10 3-year-olds entered for the Aug. 4 West Virginia Derby (gr. II), will finally get to race with a blue-tipped tail.
Tom and Pete handicap the Delaware Handicap and Virginia Derby. watch video
Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course is the first of three Pennsylvania Thoroughbred tracks to require administration of race-day furosemide by third-party veterinarians.
Juddmonte Farm's Starformer, far back in a Churchill Downs allowance race on the dirt in her last start, returned to the turf to win the $200,375 Robert G. Dick Memorial Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Delaware Park July 14.
Jay Em Ess Stable's Redeemed held off a nagging pressure from Not Abroad to win the $200,000 Greenwood Cup (gr. III) in track-record time at Parx Racing July 14.
The Association of Racing Commissioners International is reassessing its policy supporting race-day administration of furosemide, but also indicated much needs to be done before any change is made.
A look back at some of the comments made during the July 12 medication hearing. read blog
The Jockey Club isn't opposed to federal regulation of medication and penalties in horse racing but it would prefer Congress not tinker with the Interstate Horse Racing Act, an organization official said July 12.
Tom and Pete handicap the American Oaks Stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park and the American Derby at Arlington Park. watch video
Lewis Schaffel, Jim Collins, and Joel Schwartz' Team, winner of three of four starts this year, will make her stakes debut July 14 in the $200,000 Robert G. Dick Memorial Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Delaware Park.
The only racetrack gaming facility in Ohio generated $11 million in revenue in its first month of operation, the Ohio Lottery Commission reported.
Jay Em Ess Stable's Redeemed, a 10-length winner of the Brooklyn Handicap (gr. II) in his last start, looms a tough customer in the $200,000 Greenwood Cup (gr. III) at Parx Racing July 14.
Tom and Pete handicap the Suburban Handicap and the Princess Rooney Handicap this weekend. watch video