Tom LaMarra

  • Swipe (inside) runs second to Nyquist in 2015 FrontRunner

    Gift Box, Connect, Swipe Entered in Curlin

    Gift Box and Connect, strong winners of entry-level allowance races in their last starts for trainer Chad Brown, are among a field of eight 3-year-olds entered in the $100,000 Curlin Stakes July 29 at Saratoga Race Course.

  • Tin Type Gal (inside) wins Boiling Springs Stakes

    Tin Type Gal Rallies to Take Boiling Springs

    Trainer Graham Motion decided to scratch Tin Type Gal from the July 22 Lake George Stakes (gr. IIT) in favor of the July 24 Boiling Springs Stakes (gr. IIIT) and the move paid off when the Tapit filly won the Monmouth Park fixture.

  • Hit It Once More wins New York Derby

    Hit It Once More Gives Sire a Milestone

    August Dawn Farm's Hit It Once More netted his first stakes victory in the $164,150 New York Derby July 23 at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack and gave his sire, Hard Spun, his 50th black-type winner.

  • Charitable Annuity wins 2015 WV Breeders' Classic

    WVBC Program Awarded $1.17M for 2016 Purses

    The West Virginia Racing Commission July 19 signed off on $1,170,000 in funding for purses for the 30th edition of the West Virginia Breeders' Classics Oct. 8 at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.

  • Departing wins Schaefer Memorial at Indiana Grand

    Departing Zeroes In on $2M Earnings Mark

    Claiborne Farm’s 6-year-old War Front gelding Departing moved closer to the $2 million mark in career earnings when he captured the $102,800 Michael Schaefer Memorial Stakes July 16 at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino.

  • Cupid defeats The Player in Indiana Derby

    Cupid Guts Out Victory in Indiana Derby

    Cupid, whose last win came in the Rebel Stakes (gr. II) in March, rebounded from two disappointing efforts to gut out a victory in the $500,000 Indiana Derby (gr. II) at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino the evening of July 16.

  • Family Tree powers to victory in the Indiana Oaks.

    Family Tree Easy Winner of Indiana Oaks

    Mary and Gary West’s Family Tree picked up her second consecutive graded stakes victory July 16 with a handy score in the $200,000 Indiana Oaks (gr. II) for 3-year-old fillies at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino.

  • PA Breeders Seek to Restore Awards Payments

    The Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association July 15 said it continues to work on restoring payments for breeder and stallion awards after corrective language failed to win approval before the state General Assembly adjourned.

  • Cathryn Sophia

    New Parx Stakes Targets Cathryn Sophia

    Parx Racing has added a $150,000 stakes for 3-year-old fillies at one mile Sept. 3 designed to serve as a Cotillion Stakes (gr. I) prep for Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Cathryn Sophia.

  • I'm a Chatterbox wins Obeah Stakes at Delaware Park

    'Chatterbox' Looms Heavy Del Cap Favorite

    Fletcher and Carolyn Gray's homebred I'm a Chatterbox, an easy winner of the Obeah Stakes in her last start, could be heavily favored versus five other fillies and mares in the $750,000 Delaware Handicap (gr. I) July 16 at Delaware Park.

  • Charles Town in West Virginia

    West Virginia Purses to Take Another Hit

    Though the numbers will vary depending on revenue generated by video lottery terminals, purse accounts at West Virginia racetracks will take another hit because of a legislature-mandated reduction to help support the fiscal 2016-17 budget.

  • Pure Sensation wins Jaipur Invitational at Belmont

    Top Turf Sprinters Entered in Parx Dash

    Two sharp turf sprinters owned by Colts Neck Stables, along with The Jim Stable's Ben's Cat and recent grade III winner Pure Sensation, are among 10 horses entered in the $200,000 Parx Dash (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-olds and up July 9 at Parx Racing.

  • Mo Dont No wins July 4 Cleveland Gold Cup

    Mo Dont No Solves Cleveland Gold Cup

    Loooch Racing Stables' Mo Dont No, sixth of 10 in his first start around two turns in the Ohio Derby in open company, wheeled back a week and two days later to easily capture the $75,000 Daniel Stearns Cleveland Gold Cup July 4 at Thistledown.

  • Delaware Park will run the Christiana Stakes July 6

    Promising Fillies Target Christiana Stakes

    Trainers Arnaud Delacour and Graham Motion each entered two in the $50,000 Christiana Stakes, which will offer a look at many promising 3-year-old fillies should the 1 1/16-mile event remain on the turf July 6 at Delaware Park.

  • Lexie Lou wins Dance Smartly Stakes

    Lexie Lou Fights Back to Win Dance Smartly

    Gary Barber’s Lexie Lou set rapid fractions, was collared by two other mares at the top of the stretch, and fought back for a game victory in the $200,000 Dance Smartly Stakes (Can-IIT) July 3 at Woodbine.

  • Passion for Action (outside) wins Highlander at Woodbine

    Passion for Action Rallies to Take Highlander

    Benjamin Hutzel's homebred colt Passion for Action rallied from off the pace in a six-horse field to win the $173,777 Highlander Stakes (Can-IIT) July 3 at Woodbine for his third stakes win in four starts this year.

  • Racing at Parx in Pennsylvania

    Proposed Changes in PA-Bred Fund Questioned

    The head of the Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association July 1 said legislation that would alter the Thoroughbred breeding fund isn't workable because the proposed percentages could greatly reduce restricted races and owners' bonuses.

  • Penn National is one of three Thoroughbred tracks in Pennsylvania

    Breeding Fund Changes Approved by PA House

    The Pennsylvania House June 30 approved substantive changes to the Thoroughbred breeding fund, some payments from which have been suspended for months because of problematic language in a horse racing reform bill that became law in February.

  • Welfare and Safety Summit June 28 at Keeneland

    Fewer Fatalities Tied to Risk-Factor Changes

    Analysis of the Equine Injury Database suggests improvement in some risk factors may have played a role in the decline in the number of catastrophic injuries per 1,000 starts in dirt races from 2014 to 2015.

  • Bill would permit slots at OTBs in Pennsylvania

    PA House Passes Internet Gambling Amendment

    The Pennsylvania House June 22 passed an amendment that adds Internet gambling to a bill that would permit more slot machines in the state but stopped short of approving video gaming machines for bars, taverns, and private clubs.

  • Joe De Francis

    Humane Society Forms Horse Racing Council

    The Humane Society of the United States, a member of a group that supports federal legislation that would grant USADA authority over equine medication policy and drug testing, has formed a horse racing council to promote animal welfare standards.

  • Donegal Moon wins Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth

    Donegal Moon Gets First Stakes Win in Pegasus

    Donegal Racing's Donegal Moon, fourth in the Sir Barton Stakes in his last start, broke through for his first stakes victory in the $100,000 Betfair.com Pegasus Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-olds June 19 at Monmouth Park.

  • Pleuven gets the victory in the Wise Dan Stakes

    Improving Pleuven Scores Upset in Wise Dan

    Nelson McMakin's Pleuven, a French-bred gelding who was a close second in the Opening Verse Stakes May 21 in his Churchill Downs debut, stepped up big time with a victory in the $200,000 Wise Dan Stakes (gr. IIT) at the Kentucky track June 18.

  • Gun Runner rolls to victory in the Matt Winn Stakes

    Gun Runner Dominant in Matt Winn Stakes

    Winchell Thoroughbreds, Three Chimneys Farm, and Besilu Stables' Gun Runner was a dominant winner over four other 3-year-olds in the $100,000 Matt Winn Stakes (gr. III) June 18 at Churchill Downs.

  • Golden Gate in Northern California

    Golden Gate Apologizes for Pick 6 Situation

    California racing officials June 16 acknowledged a possible communications breakdown in regard to two races being taken off the turf on the final day of the Golden Gate meet and apologized to bettors for how the move impacted the Golden Pick 6.

  • Canterbury Park in Minnesota

    New Minnesota Law Authorizes Account Wagering

    Minnesota officials said advance deposit wagering legislation passed recently by lawmakers will provide an estimated $1.5 million in revenue that will be re-directed to horse racing and breeding in the state.

  • John Servis

    Servis Questions Parx Clenbuterol Positives

    John Servis, trainer of Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Cathryn Sophia, is questioning three clenbuterol positives in his horses in April and May at Parx Racing, including one for a 3-year-old filly he said had never been administered the medication.