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Racing jurisdictions have made progress on equine medication reform but states and their regulatory agencies must commit to move quickly and in unison, said Alex Waldrop, president of the NTRA and chairman of the RMTC.
The United States Senate Finance Committee reported April 3 legislation that would extend expired or expiring tax provisions for race horses, including a provision to extend the three-year recovery period.
- By Tom LaMarra
Two Republican members of Congress have introduced legislation that would ban Internet gambling by restoring the original interpretation of the federal Wire Act.
Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino will serve as host for the next two Eclipse Awards ceremonies in January 2015 and 2016 under an agreement with the National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced March 26.
Aqueduct Racetrack has earned re-accreditation from the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance, the organization announced March 14.
The NTRA announced Feb. 14 that Santa Anita Park, site of the Breeders' Cup World Championships for the third straight year in 2014, has earned re-accreditation from the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance.
Stephen Panus, vice president of communications for the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, acknowledged many newspapers have discontinued racing coverage. He encouraged riders to embrace social media.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association released the rules for the 2014 Daily Racing Form National Handicapping Championship Tour Jan. 22. Signups for the 2014 DRF NHC Tour are being accepted here.
Brent Sumja won five tournaments in a four-month span from May to September to help clinch the title of 2013 Daily Racing Form NHC Tour Champion and the $75,000 first-place prize that goes with it.
Mucho Macho Man's nose victory in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) was voted by fans as the 2013 National Thoroughbred Racing Association's "Moment of the Year."
After an international search, the New York State Gaming Commission announced Jan. 13 that Dr. Scott Palmer has been appointed the equine medical director for the racing regulator.
The Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association has reached an agreement to serve as an official partner of the 43rd annual Eclipse Awards, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Jan. 9.
The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) will be presented with the Special Eclipse Award during the 43rd annual Eclipse Awards ceremony Jan. 18 at Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino in Hallandale Beach, Fla.
Online voting is now open at the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) website for the 15th annual "Moment of the Year."
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association has reported that the effort to adopt uniform national reforms addressing changes to medication regulation, enforcement, and laboratory testing continues to gain support.
The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance announced Nov. 8 that it has hired James Hastie as the its executive director, effective Nov. 18, 2013.
NTRA president Alex Waldrop sees little chance of federal legislation to allow expanded Internet wagering any time soon but he does believe that states will continue to take the lead on the issue.
Suffolk Downs has earned re-accreditation from the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, officials said Oct. 8.
- By Tom LaMarra
More than 50 racetracks and industry organizations have co-signed a letter to regulators urging them to adopt the uniform national model rules on medication and drug-testing reform.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association's Safety and Integrity Alliance announced that Kentucky Downs has been re-accredited following a complete review of all racing operations at the Franklin, Ky., facility.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Sept. 23 that Belmont Park has earned re-accreditation from the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance.
Saratoga Race Course in New York and Del Mar in California have been re-accredited by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's Safety and Integrity Alliance.
The Jockey Club announced Aug. 20 the election of Barbara Banke, Bobby Flay, Andrew Rosen, and Bill Thomason to the Club's membership.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association's political action committee cleared the $3 million mark, the organization said Aug. 20.
The Track Superintendents' and Arena Managers' Field Day attracted a record 120 registrants, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association said Aug. 19.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Aug. 14 that registration is open for the Sovereign Stable Free NHC Online Contest to be held Saturday, Aug. 17, at games.ntra.com.
Chris Kay, chief executive officer and president, of the New York Racing Association, has been elected to the board of directors of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association.
In response to the recent death of grade I winner Monzante, NTRA president and CEO Alex Waldrop has reiterated the importance of racetracks to become accredited by the Safety and Integrity Alliance.
Children aged 7 and older as well as adults lined up to take advantage of the free rides in the Del Mar infield July 21 as part of the Time to Ride program.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association reported that after several years of losses, the Lexington-based organization posted positive net revenue of $66,851 during fiscal year 2013.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced June 24 that it has hired Jim Mulvihill as director of media and industry relations.
The 43rd annual Eclipse Awards will be held Jan. 18 at Gulfstream Park Racetrack and Casino in Hallandale Beach, Fla, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced.
Keeneland has earned re-accreditation from the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance, officials said May 28.
NTRA board also updates NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance code of standards, which serves as a basis for furture Alliance accreditation. Revisions call for injury review committees and starting gate-removal protocols.
The recent resignation of Satish Sanan from the Breeders' Cup board of directors will open that organization's seat on the National Thoroughbred Racing Association board.
Orb, winner of the Besilu Florida Derby (gr. I), heads the NTRA Top 3-Year-Old Poll that came out April 29 in advance of the May 4 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
The New York Racing Association, Inc. has named Eric Wing to the position of director of communications and media relations.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced April 18 that Finger Lakes in Farmington, N.Y., has earned re-accreditation from the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance will soon release its 2013 code of standards and expects to re-accredit 16 racetracks this year.
Stuart Janney III and Phipps Racing's Orb, winner of the March 30 Besilu Stables Florida Derby (gr. I), leapfrogs Verrazano to top the April 1 NTRA 3-year-old poll.
Verrazano, impressive winner of the March 9 Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II), leaps from fourth position a week ago to top this week's NTRA's weekly 3-Year-Old poll. Game On Dude is a solid No. 1 in the national poll.
Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY) introduced the Equine Tax Parity Act (H.R. 998) March 6, legislation that would reduce the capital gains holding period for horses from 24 months to 12 months.
When top tournament handicappers gather for the National Handicapping Championship finals in January 2014, they will encounter a new format that will add a third day of competition.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Jan. 22 that SimplexGrinnell has become a safety partner with NTRA Advantage, the NTRA's group purchasing program.
Paynter's recovery from life-threatening battles with laminitis and colitis after his victory in the 2012 Haskell Invitational Stakes (gr. I) at Monmouth Park was voted by fans the 2012 NTRA Moment of the Year.
Fans visiting Gulfstream Park on the night of Jan. 19 will have unprecedented access to the Eclipse Awards-winning connections immediately following their recognition at the sold-out event.
Holding the Eclipse Awards at Gulfstream Park plus the addition of several new charity events has given the event new life.
Recent tax legislation reinstated an important business investment incentive and substantially increased another incentive program for Thoroughbred owners and breeders and farm owners.
Following targeted lobbying from the NTRA, "Fiscal Cliff" legislation passed Jan. 1 by both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives contained language that exempts wagering losses from limitaton on itemized deductions.
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