Tom LaMarra

  • I'm a Chatterbox wins 2015 Cotillion Stakes

    I'm a Chatterbox Resurfaces in Obeah Stakes

    Carolyn and Fletcher Gray's I'm a Chatterbox, one of the top 3-year-old fillies of 2015, will take the next step toward the Delaware Handicap (gr. I) in the June 11 Obeah Stakes (gr. III) at Delaware Park.

  • Woodbine in Ontario, Canada

    Woodbine, Horsemen Sign Three-Year Contract

    Woodbine Entertainment Group and the Ontario Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association June 7 said they have signed a contract that guarantees 133 days of live racing at Woodbine through 2018.

  • Martini Glass at Delaware Park

    Our Mims at Delaware Attracts Solid Field

    The first stakes of the Delaware Park meet, the Our Mims for 3-year-old fillies, is worth $50,000 but attracted multiple graded-stakes competitors as the local prep for the $300,000 Delaware Oaks (gr. III) July 9.

  • Racing at Churchill Downs

    Churchill Downs Bumps Overnight Purses 4%

    Because of an increase in pari-mutuel revenue from Kentucky Derby (gr. I) week business, Churchill Downs June 1 said it will increase overnight purses by 4% for the remainder of its spring meet, which ends July 2.

  • Saratoga Race Course

    Second Saratoga Group Sounds Off on NYRA Plan

    Another Saratoga Springs-based organization has issued a call for privatization of the New York Racing Association as state lawmakers work on legislation that will shape the future structure of the organization.

  • Cyrus Alexander wins Lone Star Park Handicap May 30

    Cyrus Alexander Wins Lone Star Handicap

    Spendthrift Farm and Stonestreet Stables' Cyrus Alexander, a 4-year-old Medaglia d'Oro colt, got his first stakes win when he captured the $200,000 Lone Star Handicap (gr. III) for 3-year-olds and up May 30 at Lone Star Park.

  • Swipe after second-place finish in Breeders' Cup Juvenile

    Swipe at Belmont Preparing for His Return

    Swipe, a $5,000 yearling purchase who has banked $608,930 and finished second four times to champion Nyquist as a 2-year-old last year, isn't running the June 11 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) but he's at Belmont Park preparing for his return.

  • Linda's Luck (inside) and Bucket Beat hit wire together in May 29 Green Carpet Stakes

    Belterra Stakes Dead Heat Follows Churchill

    One day after the Winning Colors Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs produced a dead heat for win, the Green Carpet Stakes at Belterra Park Gaming, located about 90 minutes away in Ohio, did the same May 29.

  • Creator at Churchill before Kentucky Derby

    Creator Works, Set for Trip to New York

    WinStar Farm's Creator, winner of the Arkansas Derby (gr. I), worked five furlongs May 30 at Churchill Downs and is expected to travel to New York May 31 to continue preparations for the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I).

  • Surgical Strike (outside) wins Arlington Classic May 28

    Surgical Strike Gets His Graded Stakes Win

    The addition of blinkers and a dawdling pace may have helped, but in any event the consistent 3-year-old Red Giant colt Surgical Strike finally broke through for his first grade stakes victory May 28 at Arlington International Racecourse.

  • Catch a Glimpse wins the 2016 Edgewood Stakes.

    Catch a Glimpse Probable for Penn Mile

    Canadian Horse of the Year Catch a Glimpse is nominated to three stakes the weekend of June 4-5, but trainer Mark Casse said the winner of five consecutive stakes probably will face males in the $500,000 Penn Mile (gr. IIIT).

  • NY Regulators Tighten Underage Gambling Rules

    The New York State Gaming Commission May 23 approved a regulation to standardize and increase penalties against gambling operations—including racetracks—that let any minor under age 18 place wagers on their products.

  • The infield at Pimlico on Preakness day

    Preakness at Pimlico Gets Bit of a Push

    A Maryland Jockey Club official May 21 said the company would prefer to keep the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico Race Course, and much could depend upon a study that will be conducted on behalf of the Maryland Stadium Authority.

  • Lady Shipman wins The Very Stakes May 21 at Pimlico

    Lady Shipman Strong in The Very One

    Ranlo Investments' Lady Shipman overcame the outside post in a 12-horse field to win the $100,000 The Very One Stakes at Pimlico Race Course for her second victory in as many starts since her trip to Dubai in March.

  • Nyquist Jogs Two Miles at Pimlico

    Reddam Racing’s Nyquist went twice around the Pimlico Race Course main track the morning of May 20 in his final preparations for the Preakness Stakes (gr. I).

  • Rosecroft Raceway in Maryland

    Stronach Group Has Deal to Buy Rosecroft

    The Stronach Group May 16 said it has entered into an agreement to purchase Rosecroft Raceway, one of two harness tracks in Maryland and a major off-track wagering outlet for Thoroughbred racing, from owner Penn National Gaming Inc.

  • Stanford wins Charles Town Classic

    CT Classic Rematch in Pimlico Special?

    Stanford and Page McKenney, the one-two finishers in the $1.25 million Charles Town Classic (gr. II) last time out, are set for a rematch in the $300,000 Pimlico Special (gr. III) May 20 at Pimlico Race Course, if Stanford makes the gate.

  • Nyquist jogs at Pimlico morning of May 12

    Beat Goes On for Nyquist at Pimlico

    Trainer Doug O'Neill believes Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Nyquist will be tough to defeat under normal circumstances in the May 21 Preakness Stakes (gr. I), though he doesn't underestimate the competition.

  • Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races

    WVRC Grills CT Officials on Resurfacing

    Officials with Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races told the West Virginia Racing Commission May 11 the usual protocol was followed for a track resurfacing project stalled by rainy weather and the discovery of rocks in the new material.

  • Kentucky State Capitol

    Potential Breeders' Cup Tax Break Debated

    Breeders' Cup intends to legislatively pursue a pari-mutuel tax break for its 2018 World Championships at Churchill Downs, but the form it takes could hinge on input from members of the Kentucky General Assembly.

  • Pimlico Race Course in Maryland

    Improvements in Place for Pimlico Meet

    Because of a scheduling change in Maryland, the winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) will be on the grounds at Pimlico Race Course before the track's 2016 meet begins.

  • TVG chief executive officer Kip Levin

    TVG: Systems Failure 'Won't Happen Again'

    TVG, a leading advance deposit wagering provider, said human error was responsible for a May 7 systems breakdown that halted online wagering for more than two hours during the running of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

  • Sharp Azteca comes home strong to take the Pat Day Mile.

    Sharp Azteca Blazes Home in Pat Day Mile

    Gelftenstein Farm's Sharp Azteca, in from South Florida, took the lead approaching the stretch and powered away to win the $250,000 Pat Day Mile (gr. III) for 3-year-olds May 7 at Churchill Downs.

  • Suffolk Downs in Massachusetts

    Suffolk to Offer Three Two-Day Festivals

    Thoroughbred racing will return to Suffolk Downs for three two-day racing festivals, officials at the Massachusetts track said May 5. The mini-meets will be held in July, August, and September.