Tom LaMarra

  • Mahoning Valley Race Course

    Ohio Racing Benefits From Misfortune in WV

    The early closure of Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort in West Virginia has had a positive impact on Hollywood Casino at Mahoning Valley Race Course, at least for the first six days of its 2015-16 meet.

  • Turfway Park will begin its four-month season Dec. 3

    KTDF Money Leads to Turfway Purse Adjustment

    Turfway Park, which accounts for a third of Kentucky's year-round racing calendar, will begin its season Dec. 3 with lower purses, primarily because of less Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund money.

  • Wrong Horse Runs and Wins, Pays $222.40

    The Ohio State Racing Commission and Penn National Gaming Inc., which owns Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course, are investigating a race in which the wrong horse not only ran, but won and paid $222.40.

  • TOBA Issues Support for Federal Drug Bill

    TOBA Nov. 2 said it will become a member of the Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity and support federal legislation that would allow USADA oversight over equine medication, drug testing, and enforcement.

  • Handle Even, But Keeneland BC Gets High Marks

    Wagering on this year's Breeders' Cup was about even with last year, and officials said Keeneland measured up well as a first-time host site given its investment in the infrastructure needed to accommodate the event.

  • Found wins the Breeders' Cup Turf.
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    Found Nails Golden Horn to Win BC Turf

    The 3-year-old filly Found, second to Golden Horn in the Irish Champion Stakes (Ire-I), turned the tables on the 3-year-old colt to take the Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) Oct. 31 at Keeneland.

  • Penn National is one of six racetracks in Pennsylvania

    Talks Continue on Funds for PA Regulation

    Racing stakeholders in Pennsylvania are working with Gov. Tom Wolf's administration to devise a funding plan for regulation in the wake of ongoing declines in pari-mutuel handle in the state.

  • American Pharoah captured Triple Crown with Belmont victory

    'Pharoah' Developers Honored in Florida

    A Florida senator has filed a resolution honoring J.B. and Kevin McKathan, who played a major role in the early development of Triple Crown winner and Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) favorite American Pharoah.

  • Hit It a Bomb flies home to win the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/BreedersCup/2015-Breeders-Cup/Breeders-Cup-Juvenile-Turf/i-cNGvwn5/A">Order This Photo</a>

    Hit It a Bomb Explodes, Takes Juvenile Turf

    Evelyn Stockwell's Hit It a Bomb, last of 14 at the midpoint of the race, found room in the lane and surged late to win the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IT) Oct. 30 at Keeneland.

  • Gulfstream Park is one of several Florida tracks with slots

    Opposition to Florida Decoupling Plan Expands

    Horsemen's groups are rallying to head off a move to decouple live racing from casino-style gambling at pari-mutuel facilities in Florida. Currently, tracks with slot machines must also offer live racing.

  • Woodbine Hikes Takeout on Most BC Wagers

    Woodbine said Oct. 29 it will raise the pari-mutuel takeout rates on many Breeders' Cup wagers because of a new standardized revenue model, action that sparked a rebuke from the Horseplayers' Association of North America

  • White Horse Award winner Eric Najduch

    RTCA Recognizes Winners, Need for Teamwork

    Eric Najduch was presented with the White Horse Award, which recognizes someone who has done something heroic for another human or a horse, on Oct. 29, but he used the opportunity to honor unsung heroes of horse racing.

  • CDI Reports Increase in Earnings, Revenue

    Churchill Downs Inc. reported a 19% increase in net earnings for the third quarter of 2015 compared with the same three months last year, and attributed a 61% spike in net revenue for the quarter to Big Fish Games.

  • Team American Pharoah, Ahmed Zayat, Justin Zayat, Bob Baffert, and Victor Espinoza, reflected on this year's Triple Crown.

    'Pharoah' Team Reflects Before Final Race

    Team American Pharoah Oct. 27 reflected on this year's Triple Crown and what the horse has meant to them as he prepares to make his final start in the Oct. 31 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Keeneland.

  • Ken Kirchner

    For Kirchner, 20 Years of BC Wagering

    Ken Kirchner, a former regulator in Pennsylvania, was hired by Breeders' Cup as a consultant in 1996, and since that time has overseen wagering formats, simulcast expansion, and elevating the product with bettors.

  • Kentucky Downs was approved for five racing days in 2016

    Kentucky Downs, Churchill Agree on Dates

    Kentucky Downs and Churchill Downs will have no overlapping dates next year under a schedule approved Oct. 26 by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. Kentucky Downs had requested seven days, up from five this year.

  • Nyquist (left) held off Swipe to win FrontRunner in his last start

    Nyquist Has Draw to Overcome in Juvenile

    Nyquist, undefeated in four starts and a two-time grade I winner, drew post 13 in a full field of 14 for the $2 million Sentient Jets Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) Oct. 31 at Keeneland.

  • Churchill Downs last held the Breeders' Cup in 2011

    Churchill Preparing Bid to Host 2018 BC

    Churchill Downs is in the process of preparing an application to host the Breeders' Cup World Championships in 2018, the next open year in the rotation, an official at the Kentucky racetrack said Oct. 23.

  • Exaggerator worked five furlongs in a quick :59 2/5 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:13 3/5.

    Desormeaux: Exaggerator's Work 'Spectacular'

    Big Chief Racing's Exaggerator, pointed to the Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), worked earlier than planned the morning of Oct. 24 at Keeneland, but it paid off, according to trainer Keith Desormeaux.

  • Kitten's Point

    Kitten's Point Rallies to Take Dowager

    Augustin Stable's Kitten's Point found plenty of room along the rail in the stretch to rally past a determined Ceisteach and win the $125,000 Rood & Riddle Dowager Stakes (gr. IIIT) Oct. 18 at Keeneland.

  • Private Zone was an easy winner of Forego Stakes in his last start Aug. 29

    Private Zone Strong in Five-Furlong Work

    Trainer Jorge Navarro got exactly what he wanted from Private Zone, the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) hopeful who worked a solid five furlongs in :59 on a fast track at Keeneland Oct. 18.

  • Not Abroad won 2012 Maryland Million Classic

    Not Abroad Returns for MD Million Classic

    Rebecca Davis' Not Abroad, an 8-year-old Not For Love horse who returned Oct. 2 after almost three years away from the races, is one of 11 entered in the $150,000 Maryland Million Classic, which he won in 2012.

  • Charitable Annuity rolls to the win in the West Virginia Breeders' Classic.

    Charitable Annuity Takes WV Breeders' Classic

    Charitable Annuity won the $450,000 West Virginia Breeders' Classic Oct. 10 for owner Mark Russell, whose other entrant, the venerable Russell Road, checked in ninth in his attempt to win the race for a fourth time.

  • Joe Gorajec

    IHRC Votes to Remove Executive Director

    The Indiana Horse Racing Commission Oct. 10 voted 4-0 to remove Joe Gorajec from the position of executive director and appointed his deputy to serve on an interim basis while a search for a replacement is conducted.

  • Florida Court Deals Gretna Racing a Setback

    Gretna Racing, which won a license to offer Quarter Horse barrel racing as a steppingstone to apply for slot machines, was dealt a setback when the Florida First District Court of Appeal Oct. 2 reversed its earlier opinion.

  • Fee for Tote Security Program Eliminated

    A tote security initiative launched by the TRPB remains on track, but in a major change, the organization said Oct. 7 there no longer is a need for outlets that receive simulcast signals to pay a monthly fee to fund it.

  • Innovation in Racing Not Without Obstacles

    Fantasy sports, fixed odds, and broader distribution were offered as potential avenues of growth for the pari-mutuel racing industry - all with caveats - during an Oct.6 session at the International Simulcast Conference.

  • A panel discussing ownership at the International Simulcast Conference.

    Owner Recruitment, Retention Focus of Panel

    An Oct. 5 panel discussion on how a shortage of Thoroughbred owners is largely responsible for reductions in field size in recent years generate a more serious assessment of the state of owner recruitment.

  • IFHA chairman Louis Romanet

    Equine Welfare Among IFHA's Critical Issues

    The chairman of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities, in an address Oct. 5 in Paris, France, outlined what he called matters that are critical to the future of racing on an international level.

  • Golden Horn wins the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

    Golden Horn Impressive in Arc de Triomphe

    Anthony Oppenheimer's 3-year-old colt Golden Horn, racing just behind the pacemaker, took off when asked in the stretch to comfortably win the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) at Longchamp Oct. 4.

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    Greenpointcrusader Rallies to Take Champagne

    St. Elias Stable, MeB Racing Stables, and Brooklyn Boyz Stables' Greenpointcrusader went from last-out maiden winner to grade I winner in the $500,000 Champagne Stakes for 2-year-olds Oct. 3 at Belmont Park.