Tom LaMarra

  • Discreetness wins the Smarty Jones Stakes.

    Discreetness Just Up in Smarty Jones

    Discreetness, owned by Dwight Pruett's Xpress Thoroughbreds, rallied from just off the pace to win the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes for 3-year-olds Jan. 18 at Oaklawn Park.

  • Mexikoma fights off Mr. Jordan to win the Sunshine Millions Classic Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2016/i-cGDqrWk">Order This Photo</a>

    Mexikoma Takes Sunshine Millions Classic

    Team Valor International's Mexikoma, fifth in the Harlan's Holiday Stakes in his previous start in December, reeled in a determined Mr. Jordan in deep stretch to win the Sunshine Millions Classic Jan. 16 at Gulfstream Park.

  • Jim Rome

    Rome: 'Highs Always Outweigh the Lows'

    Jim Rome, whose passion for horse racing appears to exceed his passion for his popular syndicated sports talk show, gave the keynote address Jan. 13 as part of the Thoroughbred Owner Conference at Gulfstream Park.

  • Success as a Thoroughbred owner isn't necessarily judged by the bottom line.

    Racehorse Ownership: A Different Business

    Thoroughbred ownership certainly has its rewards, but speakers on the first day of the second Thoroughbred Owner Conference Jan. 12 made clear it's different than the average business.

  • Collected and Martin Garcia take the Sham Stakes.

    Collected Just Fine on Dirt, Wins Sham

    Speedway Stable's Collected made the most of his first start on dirt with a smooth victory from just off the pace in the $100,000 Sham Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-olds Jan. 9 at Santa Anita Park.

  • Heart to Heart (right) leads them home in the Ft. Lauderdale.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2016/i-SdrkGv9">Order This Photo</a>

    Heart to Heart All the Way in Ft. Lauderdale

    Terry Hamilton's Heart to Heart began 2016 the way his 2015 season ended -- with a victory in a graded stakes, this time the $200,000 Ft. Lauderdale (gr. IIT) for 4-year-olds and up Jan. 9 at Gulfstream Park.

  • Study of EIPH in 2-Year-Olds Completed

    A study designed to determine the levels of exercise-industry pulmonary hemorrhage in 2-year-olds racing in South Florida is complete, but the data won't be released until a scientific paper is published after peer review.

  • Watch My Smoke wins the 2015 Louisiana Champions Day Starter Handicap.

    Handle Inches Up, Purses Drop Slightly

    Despite more than 2,300 fewer races compared with 2014, commingled pari-mutuel handle on United States races inched up 1.18% to $10,676,223,640 in 2015. It is the first year-over-year increase since 2012.

  • Cocked And Loaded won the 2015 Tremont Stakes at Belmont Park

    NYRA Ups Ante for Early 2-Year-Old Races

    In what it says is a move to increase the profitability of owning young racehorses, NYRA will schedule six $100,000 maiden races for 2-year-olds this spring as lead-ins to its first two juvenile stakes of 2016.

  • Showalter

    All Eyes on Showalter in Laurel Park Stakes

    A 2-year-old gelding with strong ties to the Baltimore Orioles figures to get plenty of attention in the $50,000 Maryland Juvenile Futurity for state-breds, one of five stakes on the Dec. 26 program at Laurel Park.

  • Green Gratto captured the grade III Fall Highweight Handicap in his last start

    'Highweight' Top Three Entered in Gravesend

    Aqueduct Racetrack will return from the Christmas break Dec. 26 with the top three finishers in the Fall Highweight Handicap (gr. III) set to square off in the $100,000 Gravesend Stakes at six furlongs.

  • Gulfstream Park is one of the Florida racetracks that has slot machines

    Decoupling Option Part of Tribal Compact

    A pricey compact between Florida Gov. Rick Scott and the Seminole Tribe allows for the decoupling of casino gambling and pari-mutuel racing, but whether that provision becomes law remains to be seen.

  • Poshsky wins the Berkley Handicap.

    Poshsky Rallies to Take Berkeley Handicap

    Silver Ranch Stable and Wachtel Stable's Poshsky rallied in the stretch and just got up to defeat longshot Pepper Crown in the $100,000 Berkeley Handicap (gr. III) at Golden Gate Fields Nov. 29.

  • Control Stake rolls to victory in the Thanksgiving Handicap.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-kS24hj8">Order This Photo</a>

    Control Stake Too Tough in Thanksgiving 'Cap

    Maggi Moss' Control Stake, the lone 3-year-old in the field, got the jump on the competition from the gate and wasn't headed en route to a solid win in the $60,000 Thanksgiving Handicap at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.

  • Heart to Heart and Julien Leparoux take the River City Handicap.

    Heart to Heart Wire to Wire in River City

    Terry Hamilton's Heart to Heart bounced back from a 10th-place finish in the Shadwell Turf Mile (gr. IT) to win the $100,000 River City Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs Nov. 26.

  • Lewys Vaporizer wins the Steel Valley Sprint.

    Lewys Vaporizer Takes Steel Valley Sprint

    V-Leaf Stables and Richard Ravin's Lewys Vaporizer grabbed the early lead and never looked back en route to a comfortable victory in the $200,000 Steel Valley Sprint at Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course Nov. 23.

  • Four Suspended in Ohio Horse Mix-Up

    Four men were fined and suspended by stewards at Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course in connection with a Nov. 4 race in which the wrong horse not only ran, but won, and paid $222.40.

  • Frivolous won last year's Falls City Handicap at Churchill

    Is It Falls City or Clark for Frivolous?

    G. Watts Humphrey Jr.'s Frivolous is among 13 entered in the $200,000 Falls City Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs Nov. 26, but she could end up facing males in the $500,000 Clark Handicap (gr. I) the following day.

  • Lotta Kim and Dede McGehee

    Half Brother to Rachel Alexandra Wins Debut

    Heaven Trees Farm's 2-year-old colt Dolphus, a half brother to Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, made his first start a winning one when he captured a maiden special weight event at Fair Grounds Nov. 22.

  • La Verdad

    'Highweight' Appears La Verdad's Final Race

    Lady Sheila Stable's La Verdad, a winner of 15 of 23 starts for earnings of more than $1.5 million, could make her final start in the $250,000 Fall Highweight Handicap (gr. III) at Aqueduct Racetrack Nov. 26.

  • Cougar Ridge holds off Departing to win the Delta Mile.

    Cougar Ridge Edges Departing in Delta Mile

    Richard Bahde's Cougar Ridge, claimed for $62,500 in April, won his fourth race in a row when he rallied from just of the pace to capture the $250,000 Delta Mile Nov. 21 at Delta Downs in Louisiana.

  • Goldencents won the 2012 edition of the Delta Downs Jackpot

    'Jackpot' Comes of Age for Delta Downs

    The $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot, inaugurated in 2002, has come a long way, and a decision made several years ago to move the race to the afternoon has led to strong gains in pari-mutuel wagering.

  • Laurel Park will see an expansion of its schedule in 2016

    Maryland Continues Rebuild of Racing Program

    At a time when some Mid-Atlantic region tracks are cutting live racing dates, Maryland is moving in the opposite direction as part of a master plan to make the state a year-round Thoroughbred racing and stabling destination.

  • Penalties in Jockey Weigh-Out Case Upheld

    West Virginia's high court has overturned a circuit court decision that vacated a WVRC order to suspend and fine seven jockeys in a 2009 case in which they were permitted to ride over the published weight.

  • Further Cuts Expected for WV Racing Dates

    The West Virginia Racing Commission Nov. 18 approved customary live racing dates, but the schedules for Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races and Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort are expected to be drastically reduced.

  • Saratoga Special winner Exaggerator heads $1 million Delta Jackpot Stakes

    Exaggerator Morning-Line Choice for Jackpot

    Big Chief Racing's Exaggerator, a steady fourth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), was installed the 2-1 morning-line choice for the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes (gr. III) Nov. 21.

  • Little Change in 2016 NJ Dates Requests

    Monmouth Park and Meadowlands have applied for a combined 71 racing programs in 2016 according to a request submitted to the New Jersey Racing Commission. It's the same number the two tracks requested for this year.

  • Canterbury Park

    Minnesota Breeding Program in Growth Mode

    More than three years into a lucrative purse agreement between Canterbury Park and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, the Minnesota Thoroughbred breeding program is reaping the benefits.