Tom LaMarra

Maryland Commission Approves Slate Of New Rules On Starter Requirements, Transport, Medication

The Maryland Racing Commission Oct. 24 approved a number of “house rules” geared toward racehorse health and safety as well as accountability of participants, and also signed off on multiple proposed regulations related to the same issues. The rule changes and regulation proposals stemmed from an Oct. 10 meeting of the MRC Safety Committee and […]

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Record-Setting Owner Cole Returns For West Virginia Derby Day Stakes

Robert Cole Jr. is no stranger to the winner’s circle. From 2000 through Aug. 1, the Maryland-based owner had won 1,449 races, which is good for a 33.8% strike rate from 4,280 starts. His horses have earned $24.6 million over almost 20 years. So far in 2019, Cole has 28 wins—along with 15 seconds and […]

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Chilly In Charge ‘Improving Every Race,’ Earns Shot In West Virginia Derby

A couple of in-form 3-year-olds who have shown indications that longer distances may be to their liking could have a say in the outcome of the $500,000, Grade III West Virginia Derby Aug. 3 at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort. The connections of Pennsylvania-bred Chilly in Charge believe the 3-year-old colt is coming into his […]

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Brendan Walsh Looking For ‘Best Ever’ Performance From Plus Que Parfait in WVa Derby

Imperial Racing’s Plus Que Parfait is best known for his victory in the Group II UAE Derby, which landed him a berth in a Grade I Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. But the 3-year-old Point of Entry ridgling also gets attention for his name — or at least the pronunciation of his name, which has […]

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Mr. Money Tops Field Of 10 In West Virginia Derby

Mr. Money, who has won three consecutive graded stakes with authority, looms the probable favorite for the $500,000, Grade III West Virginia Derby Aug. 3 at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort. The 1 1/8-mile Derby for 3-year-olds attracted a field of 10. It is the eighth race on a nine-race Saturday program that has a […]

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MATCH Series To Feature Free Equibase Past Performance Programs At Participating Track

The 2019 MATCH Series partners have arranged to offer free custom past performances for the complete programs at each of the five participating racetracks under a marketing agreement with Equibase. Under the terms of the agreement, final past performances for the full card at each track will be available for download at no charge on […]

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Paolucci ’60/40′ On Vow To Quit Racing; Pulling Double Stakes Duty Saturday

Ron Paolucci once again is pulling double duty in West Virginia and upstate New York on the first Saturday in August, but the West Virginia Derby at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort isn’t the focal point. Paolucci, who operates Loooch Racing Stable, has entered the 8-year-old gelding Imperative, who he co-owns with Imaginary Stables, in […]

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‘Sneaky-Deep Field’ In West Virginia Derby Provides Handicapping Puzzle

The 3-year-olds who have competed in Triple Crown races traditionally have drawn the most attention in the Grade III West Virginia Derby, but this year’s $750,000 race has attracted a field with many possibilities. Three colts come to Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort Aug. 5 after quality efforts in the Grade III Iowa Derby July […]

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Mountaineer Honors Publicist Bill Mooney On West Virginia Derby Day

For the better part of 20 years, Bill Mooney was the point person for publicity for the West Virginia Derby, which he chronicled through its rise to a major graded stakes on the national Thoroughbred racing calendar. The two-time Eclipse Award-winning writer, who also was recognized as one of the top racing historians, died Jan. […]

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Levinson: Lookin At Lee’s Work With Gun Runner A Positive Sign For West Virginia Derby Contender

Oklahoma-based L and N Racing has only been involved in Thoroughbred ownership for several years, but the group already has made a mark at the upper level of the sport. In early May at Churchill Downs, the partners watched their 3-year-old colt Lookin At Lee, a 33-1 shot, rally from far back along the inside […]

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