Tom LaMarra

  • United States Rep. Paul Tonko at the Saratoga Institute on Racing, Equine, and Gaming Law conference.

    Debate Over Federal Bill Begins in Earnest

    A co-sponsor of federal legislation that would authorize oversight of equine medication and drug-testing said Congress could schedule a committee hearing on the bill this fall. Meanwhile, the debate on the bill continues.

  • TOBA Board Debates Federal Legislation

    The board of directors of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association Aug. 12 tackled the issue of whether to support the Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act of 2015.

  • The Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale

    Major Gains for Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale

    The two-night Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale concluded Aug. 11 with healthy gains in gross, average, and median. The auction produced a $2 million colt and two others that topped $1 million.

  • Views Differ on Progress in Medication Reform

    The opening panel Aug. 11 at the Saratoga Institute on Racing, Equine, and Gaming Law conference set the tone for what figures to be a continued industry battle over federal versus state-by-state regulation.

  • Hip 70, a Tapit colt out of the Galileo mare Dress Rehearsal, topped the session at $2 million.

    Gross, Average Increase at First F-T Session

    Bolstered by two Tapit colts that sold for $2 million and $1.2 million, the first session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale registered gains in gross and average compared with the comparable session in 2014.

  • Ed Martin, president of the Association of Racing Commissioners International.

    ARCI Chief: Talk With Regulators on Issues

    The Association of Racing Commissioners International the afternoon of Aug. 9 issued a strong response to comments made during The Jockey Club Round Table conference held earlier in the day in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

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    Bay of Plenty Wire to Wire in Alydar Stakes

    Godolphin Racing's Bay of Plenty, beaten 24 lengths by the victorious Honor Code in the Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I), rebounded nicely with a wire-to-wire win in the $100,000 Alydar Stakes Aug. 9 at Saratoga.

  • Stuart Janney III and Ogden Mills "Dinny" Phipps hold The Jockey Club Medal.

    Phipps Presented With Jockey Club Medal

    Ogden Mills "Dinny" Phipps, who retired as chairman of The Jockey Club Aug. 8, was given The Jockey Club Medal the following day during the organization's Round Table conference in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

  • Matt Iuliano, executive vice president and executive director for The Jockey Club

    Necropsy Database, Vet's List Tests Proposed

    The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Safety Committee will implement a centralized database for racehorse necropsy information and has recommended all horses that come off the vet's list be subject to testing.

  • Gov. Steve Beshear

    USADA Oversight Gets Push at Round Table

    State-by-state efforts to bring about uniformity in medication policies and drug testing aren't sufficient to move the Thoroughbred industry forward speakers said Aug. 9 at The Jockey Club Round Table conference.

  • Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sales Preview

    Tom LaMarra previews the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Yearling Sale, including comments from Fasig-Tipton President & Chief Executive Officer Boyd Browning and Mark Taylor of Taylor Made Sales Agency.

  • Rows of chalets under construction at Keeneland.

    Keeneland BC to Have Focus on 'Experience'

    Parts of the grounds at Keeneland in Lexington may look like mini construction sites right now, but if one takes a step back and looks at the whole picture, it's very clear: The place is getting bigger.

  • Flashy American isn't lacking in experience with 36 starts.

    Flashy American, Willow Hills in Groupie Doll

    Preston Stables' Flashy American, who last raced in the grade I Delaware Handicap, and the lightly raced but ultra-consistent Willow Hills are among those entered for the $100,000 Groupie Doll Stakes (gr. II) Aug. 8.

  • DeShawn Parker takes the West Virginia Governor's Cup aboard Looks to Spare.

    Rare Upset for Jockey Parker at Mountaineer

    Former $5,000 claimer Looks to Spare, a 74-1 shot, outran his odds when he swept past several tough foes to win the $200,000 West Virginia Governor's Cup under DeShawn Parker, the all-time leading rider at Mountaineer.

  • Madefromlucky and Joe Bravo take the West Virginia Derby.

    Madefromlucky Gets Job Done in WV Derby

    Cheyenne Stables and Mac Nichol's Madefromlucky, out of the shadow of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, rallied nicely from off the pace to capture the $750,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. II) Aug. 1 at Mountaineer.

  • Work All Week takes the Senator Robert C. Byrd Memorial Stakes.

    Champ Work All Week Takes Mountaineer Stakes

    Midwest Thoroughbreds' champion Work All Week, second in his two races this year after his Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) victory in 2014, got back on track with a win in the Senator Robert C. Byrd Memorial Stakes Aug. 1.

  • New York OTBs, CDI at Odds Over Host Fees

    New York's five off-track betting corporations said they have cut ties with Churchill Downs Inc. and won't offer signals from tracks owned by the company or tracks that contract with CDI to sell their simulcast signals.

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    For Now, Nine Expected to Race in WV Derby

    A field of 11 that appeared headed for at most seven starters for the $750,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. I) Aug. 1 at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort was back up to nine two days before the race.

  • WV Stakeholders Seek Racing Revenue Boost

    Racing stakeholders fully understand that having sports betting at tracks in West Virginia is a 90-1 shot. But other things like off-track betting are a bit more realistic as they fashion a wish list to increase revenue.

  • Commanding Curve
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    Sprint Champ, Commanding Curve Spice Stakes

    The 2014 champion male sprinter and a 4-year-old that finished second in last year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) are among the horses entered on an all-stakes undercard for the Aug. 1 West Virginia Derby.

  • Stanford

    It's Wait and See for Large WV Derby Field

    Two colts that have been chasing Triple Crown winner American Pharoah will seek to get back on track when they face nine other 3-year-olds in the $750,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. II) Aug. 1 at Mountaineer.

  • Track Defends Trainer Suspended for Positive

    In an unusual development, Canterbury Park has come to the defense of top trainer McLean Robertson, who was suspended for 90 days and fined $2,000 by the Minnesota Racing Commission for a positive test for a Class 1 drug.

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    Sheer Drama Primed for Lucrative Del Cap

    Harold Queen's Sheer Drama will attempt to avenge her loss to Frivolous in the June 13 Fleur de Lis Handicap (gr. II) when those two and five other fillies and mares face off in the $750,000 Delaware Handicap (gr. I) July 18.

  • Calamity Kate upsets the Delaware Oaks.

    Calamity Kate Pulls Delaware Oaks Shocker

    George and Lori Hall's Calamity Kate, an entry-level allowance winner two starts back, took the advantage early and never looked back en route to a 50-1 upset in the $300,000 Delaware Oaks (gr. III) July 11.

  • Ceisteach Benefits From Trip in Dick Memorial

    Glen Hill Farm and Hill 'n' Dale Equine Holdings' Ceisteach proved her win in the Keertana Stakes last time out wasn't a fluke when she captured the Robert G. Dick Memorial Stakes (gr. IIIT) July 11 at Delaware Park.

  • Dr. Tim Parkin discusses the Equine Injury Database at the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit at Keeneland.

    New Information 'Critical' to Injury Database

    Officials that crunch the numbers for the Equine Injury Database believe there is now a 65% predictability model when it comes to fatal injuries on the racetrack, but it could be higher with more information.

  • Kitten's Point won the 1 1/2-mile Bewitch Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Keeneland in her last start

    Robert Dick Memorial Draws Contentious Cast

    Trainers Graham Motion and Jonathan Sheppard each have entered two mares in what appears to be a contentious renewal of the $200,000 Robert G. Dick Memorial Stakes (gr. IIIT) July 11 at Delaware Park.

  • 2015 Kentucky Oaks winner Lovely Maria returns in the Delaware Oaks. <br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-24F9wKQ">Order This Photo</a>

    Lovely Maria Returns for Delaware Oaks

    Brereton Jones' Lovely Maria, winner of the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) in her previous start, is set to run July 11 in the $300,000 Delaware Oaks (gr. III) for 3-year-old fillies at Delaware Park.

  • Red Mile president Joe Costa (left) and Keeneland president Bill Thomason in new simulcast facility.

    'Evolution of Racing' Approaches in Lexington

    When Keeneland shifts its simulcast operation to The Red Mile harness track July 15, it will mark a major change for Lexington. And a few months later more than 900 historical racing machines are expected to be operational.

  • Normandy Invasion works at Delaware Park.
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    Normandy Invasion Set to Return at Delaware

    Fox Hill Farms' Normandy Invasion, away from the races for more than a year in part because of a fractured right front sesamoid, is scheduled to return in a $36,000 allowance event July 1 at Delaware Park.