Tom LaMarra

  • Surgical Strike wins the John Battaglia Memorial.

    Surgical Strike Sweeps By, Takes Battaglia

    Beverly Anderson and Edward Seltzer's homebred Surgical Strike appears headed to the Spiral Stakes (gr. III) after a come-from-behind victory in the $100,000 John Battaglia Memorial Stakes March 12 at Turfway Park.

  • Quarter Horse racing at Hialeah Park

    Decoupling Push Ends, But for How Long?

    A strong push to decouple racing from gaming officially hit the wall with the end of this year's Florida legislative session March 11, but a horsemen's coalition said it fully expects the issue to come up again in 2017.

  • AQHA Suspends Penalty System Pending Review

    The American Quarter Horse Association said it remains committed to addressing misuse of medication in racing but a need for more resources has led it to suspend use of its multiple medication violation system pending review.

  • Whatawonderflworld (left) wins OBS Championship

    Whatawonderflworld Entered in Spiral Prep

    Gary Barber's Whatawonderflworld, who thus far has shown an affinity for turf and synthetic surfaces, is among a full field of 3-year-olds entered for the $100,000 John Battaglia Memorial Stakes March 12 at Turfway Park.

  • Awesome Gent wins the Winkfield Stakes.
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    NY-Bred Awesome Gent Takes Winkfield

    Burning Sands Stables' homebred Awesome Gent, who sat just off two dueling leaders for almost a half-mile, took over in the stretch and pulled away to win the $125,000 Jimmy Winkfield Stakes for 3-year-olds at Aqueduct.

  • Florida Gaming, Decoupling Push Stalls

    Major gambling bills tied to a $3 billion compact with the Seminole tribe were removed from a Florida Senate committee agenda March 1 and may not be addressed before the current legislative session ends.

  • Charles Town HBPA board member Joe Funkhouser speaks at Capitol

    WV Racing Supporters Tout Economic Benefits

    Pro-racing lawmakers in West Virginia took part in a March 1 Capitol press conference to discuss the economic impact of Thoroughbred racing and breeding given legislation that would decouple live racing from gaming.

  • Florida Panel OKs Decoupling, Gaming Bill

    Legislation that would allow most pari-mutuel operations to end live racing and become slot-machine casinos or card rooms with simulcast wagering easily cleared the Florida House Finance and Tax Committee Feb. 29.

  • West Virginia State Capitol Building

    WV Racing Groups to Rally at Capitol

    Racing interests and their legislative representatives plan a rally March 1 at the West Virginia Capitol in Charleston to combat bills that call for the decoupling of live racing from gaming.

  • The 2016 Arlington meet begins May 6

    Illinois THA Reaches Out to Arlington

    The Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association said it believes it can find common ground with Arlington as it moves into contract negotiations and also work with track officials to better position Illinois racing.

  • Hialeah Park currently offers only Quarter Horse racing

    Florida Panel Examines Decoupling Financials

    A state group that studies the impact of tax changes in Florida offered a general assessment Feb. 26 that decoupling horse racing from gaming would have minimal effect on pari-mutuel revenue for state government.

  • Mountaineer in West Virginia

    Racetrack Gaming Issues Heat Up in WV

    The West Virginia Senate Feb. 25 had first reading on legislation that would defund and decouple greyhound racing from gaming but maintain requirements that Thoroughbred racing receive its share of gaming revenue.

  • Furosemide used to combat EIPH

    Alternative Means to Combat EIPH Sought

    The AAEP has identified areas it believes are central to understanding exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage, and it hopes they determine future research into alternative methods of combating EIPH.

  • Penn National Race Course in Pennsylvania

    PA Racing 'Reform' Law Signed by Governor

    Legislation designed to modernize horse racing in Pennsylvania was signed into law Feb. 23 by Gov. Tom Wolf, who last fall threatened to shut down the industry because it couldn't pay for regulation.

  • Shogood leads the way to victory in the WEBN Stakes.

    Shogood Wins WEBN; Next Spot Undecided

    It remains to be seen whether the connections of Shogood will attempt to stretch him out around two turns for his next start, but on Feb. 20 he had little trouble winning the 6 1/2-furlong WEBN Stakes at Turfway Park.

  • RMTC Outlines Procedures on Drug Guidelines

    The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium Feb. 19 issued an overview of its procedures in setting withdrawal times and drug-testing threshold levels after the National HBPA said it would pursue its own research.

  • The number of KTBIF-nominated mares has increased

    KTBIF Pays $10.5M in Awards; Mare Numbers Up

    The Kentucky Thoroughbred Breeders' Incentive Fund paid out more than $10.5 million to eligible horses based on 2015 races, and the number of mares nominated to the program continues to increase.

  • Karakontie

    Gainesway Tries Old Formula With New Stallion

    Though Gainesway stands Tapit, the leading sire who commands the highest North American stud fee, and brought Empire Maker back from Japan for 2016, the farm is all in on Karakontie, who shares several ties with Kingmambo.

  • FL Senate Committee Passes Decoupling Bill

    The Florida Senate Regulated Industries Committee Feb. 17 passed two pieces of legislation, one authorizing a compact with the Seminole tribe and another that would allow decoupling at most racetracks in the state.

  • Mo Tom wins Lecomte Stakes at Fair Grounds

    Risen Star Can Serve as Gauge for Mo Tom

    Trainer Tom Amoss said the field for the Feb. 20 Risen Star Stakes (gr. II) at Fair Grounds is one of the deepest he has seen at the Louisiana track, and he believes that's good for Mo Tom, who he trains for G M B Racing.

  • Green Gratto wins Gravesend Stakes

    Green Gratto Among Nine in General George

    Green Gratto, who has become a force in the New York sprinter ranks in the fall and winter, is among nine horses entered for the $250,000 General George Stakes (gr. III) Feb. 15 at Laurel Park.

  • George Venizelos, NYRA chief security officer

    Two Prominent NYRA Employees Leaving Posts

    Two prominent employees of the New York Racing Association are leaving their positions in February. Director of communications John Durso Jr. and chief security officer George Venizelos have taken private-sector jobs.

  • Fasig-Tipton Ky Winter Mixed Sale Day 2 Wrap

    Tom LaMarra recaps Day 2 of the 2016 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale, including comments from Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning and Gainesway manager Neil Howard. Sponsored by Taylor Made Sales Agency.

  • Industry Makes Its Case Against Decoupling

    Florida horse racing and breeding interests made their case against decoupling Feb. 9 during a House Regulatory Affairs Committee meeting, but lawmakers voted to move the legislation forward.

  • Racetrack Vet Group Takes Proactive Approach

    An organization formed to represent the interests of racetrack veterinarians has become proactive in the area of research into therapeutic medications and continues to make its case that vets should be part of drug reform.

  • Decoupling Surfaces in Florida Legislature

    In the wake of bills introduced in the Florida legislature, horsemen have reiterated their opposition to any measure that would permit pari-mutuel facilities to end live racing but maintain gaming operations.

  • The National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association medication forum on Feb. 5

    Is Regulation Itself Thwarting Uniformity?

    Achieving true uniformity in equine medication and testing goes well beyond basic adoption of model rules, according to attorneys, horsemen, and veterinarians who picked apart the current system Feb. 5.

  • Back-and-Forth Continues on Path to Reform

    The ARCI plans an industry congress for the end of this year to develop consensus on equine medication and testing given its belief Congress won't be anywhere close to acting on legislation introduced last year.

  • Betting was a topic during National HBPA convention Feb. 4

    HBPA Forum: Are Biggest Bettors Demonized?

    The impact big bettors have on pari-mutuel handle and the resulting revenue, as well as the need to recognize that horse owners are bettors, too, was the focus of a Feb. 4 forum during the National HBPA convention in Florida.

  • Former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear

    Beshear: Challenges Remain for Horse Industry

    Former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, in comments that helped kick off the Consignors and Commercial Breeders Association symposium Feb. 2, said horse racing and breeding in the state is strong, but challenges remain.

  • The Pickett Factor wins at Fair Grounds

    The Pickett Factor Heads Championship Stakes

    Melissa Cantacuzene's The Pickett Factor, winner of the Louisiana Classic Stakes in his last start, returns to action Feb. 6 for the $200,000 Louisiana-bred Premier Night Championship Stakes at Delta Downs.

  • Charles Town Races in West Virginia

    WV Bill Calls for Restoration of Purse Funds

    Legislation that would restore video lottery terminal-generated purse funds that have been diverted to pay down a workers' compensation debt has been introduced in the West Virginia House of Delegates.

  • Hallway Feeds

    KY Company, Horse Feed Evolve With Science

    Production of quality horse feed has evolved into a combination of natural ingredients and science. And just because a product is widely accepted doesn't mean it's not under regular review.

  • IL Group Restates Opposition to Rule Changes

    The Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association Jan. 24 said proposed changes in state racing regulations, as well as another rule that allows racetracks to "recapture" purse money, "threaten to crush" horse racing.