Tom LaMarra

  • Ralis pulled away to capture Hopeful at Saratoga

    Ralis Returns From California for Champagne

    Reddam Racing's Ralis, an easy winner of the Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) in his first start outside of California, figures to be favored versus eight other 2-year-olds in the $500,000 Champagne Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Oct. 3.

  • Monmouth Park in New Jersey

    Monmouth Meet Holds Up in Face of Competition

    Monmouth Park officials said given the intense competition for gambling dollars and horses in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions, the numbers from its just-completed 2015 race meet held up fairly well versus last year.

  • Sudden Surprise wins the Bertram F. Bongard Stakes.
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    Is NY-Bred Sudden Surprise Headed to BC?

    Repole Stable's homebred Sudden Surprise remained undefeated in three starts after he grabbed the early lead and held off Get Jets in the $150,000 Bertram F. Bongard Stakes for New York-bred 2-year-olds Sept. 27 at Belmont.

  • WV Racing Report Approval Stalls

    A group of West Virginia racing stakeholders has prepared a report on the state of the industry and makes suggestions on how to improve the economics, but when it is approved remains to be seen.

  • Russell Road wins the Roger Ramey Handicap.

    Popular Russell Road Wins for 30th Time

    Russell Road, the most popular horse to race at Charles Town Races since Onion Juice in the 1980s, won for the 30th time in a Sept. 19 state-bred handicap to move closer to the $2 million mark in career earnings.

  • Hip 1206, a bay colt by Flatter out of Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) winner Caressing, was purchased for $425,000.

    Flatter Colt Brings $425,000 at Fifth Session

    A bay colt by Flatter out of Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) winner Caressing was purchased by agent Ben Glass for $425,000 Sept. 19 during the fifth session of the Keeneland September yearling sale.

  • Florida HBPA Conducts Lasix Survey

    In a survey designed to combat claims that the leaders of horsemen's groups don't represent their membership, the Florida HBPA Sept. 16 released the results of a poll that said most respondents support use of Lasix.

  • Da Big Hoss comes home strong to win the Kentucky Turf Cup Stakes.

    Da Big Hoss Rallies to Take Kentucky Turf Cup

    Skychai Racing's Da Big Hoss, claimed for $50,000 in June, made big on that investment with an off-the-pace victory in the $600,000 Kentucky Turf Cup Stakes (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-olds and up Sept. 14 at Kentucky Downs.

  • Rock Fall wins the 2015 Vanderbilt.

    Handle Flat, Race Days Down in August

    Commingled wagering on Thoroughbred races in the United States was up less than 1% in August versus the same month in 2014, while purses paid dropped almost 3% in conjunction with a reduction of 56 racing days.

  • Ageless

    Ageless, Living The Life Return for Masters

    Lael Stables' Ageless, who rarely fails to put forth an excellent effort, is scheduled to return to Presque Isle Downs & Casino Sept. 7 for another try in the $400,000 Presque Isle Masters Stakes (gr. II).

  • CTT Pledges Funds for Barn Surveillance

    The California Thoroughbred Trainers Aug. 31 said its leadership unanimously agreed to use $150,000 from reserve funds to facilitate race-day camera surveillance in barn areas at California racetracks.

  • Laurel Park

    MJC: Laurel Meet Offered Building Blocks

    Based on the results of a 23-day summer meet at Laurel Park that generated positive numbers and response from the local community, the Maryland Jockey Club intends to do so again next year -- on some level.

  • Suffolk to Subsidize Shipping for Fall Dates

    Suffolk Downs, which on Sept. 5 will offer its first live racing program in almost a year, said it will subsidize the shipping of horses from seven tracks in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.

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    Tepin Seeks Rebound in Ballston Spa

    Robert Masterson's Tepin, who is a nose away from being undefeated in four starts this year, appears well-spotted to get back on the winning track in the $400,000 Ketel One Ballston Spa Stakes (gr. IIT) Aug. 29 at Saratoga.

  • WV Racing Industry Sets Legislative Goals

    The West Virginia racing industry will pursue several initiatives during the 2016 legislative session, including statutory changes that would lower the minimum number of racing dates for which tracks must apply each year.

  • Casinos and wagering facilities would offer sports betting if legalized

    Circuit Court Rejects NJ Sports Betting Law

    The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has ruled, by a 2-1 vote, that New Jersey's 2014 law authorizing sports betting at casinos and racetracks is illegal. An appeal, however, is planned.

  • Souper Colossal

    Souper Colossal Lands Inside for Smarty Jones

    Live Oak Plantation's Souper Colossal, a sharp second in the West Virginia Derby (gr. II) in his last start, will attempt to capture his first graded stakes in the Smarty Jones Stakes (gr. III) Aug. 29 at Parx.

  • Research: Can Cobalt Enhance Performance?

    A new study funded by the USTA is designed to determine whether the naturally occurring mineral cobalt, when administered in larger, regular doses, has blood-doping qualities and could enhance performance.

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    After 20 Days, Spa Handle Up $47.7M From 2014

    Aided by an almost 9% increase in average field size and eight more turf races, pari-mutuel handle at the midway point of the 40-day Saratoga Race Course meeting is showing strong gains compared with the same period in 2014.

  • Gross, Average Rise at New York-Bred Auction

    The economic indicators for the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-bred preferred yearling sale aren't shooting through the roof like they had been, but sale officials couldn't argue with increases in gross and average.

  • Uncle Sigh
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    Contessa Pleased With Return of Uncle Sigh

    Though Uncle Sigh didn't win at Saratoga Aug. 16, trainer Gary Contessa was satisfied with the effort put forth by the 4-year-old colt who last raced in the 2014 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum Brands (gr. I).

  • Hip 416 by Tiznow was the session topper for Day 1.

    Fillies Top Opening Session at Fasig-Tipton

    The Aug. 15 opening session of the two-night Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-bred preferred yearling sale produced increases in gross and average from last year as well as two fillies that sold for $300,000 or more.