Eric Hamelback

COVID-19 Forces National HBPA To Cancel Annual Convention

The National HBPA has canceled its annual convention scheduled for March 24-28 in Hot Springs, AK, another casualty of the COVID-19 outbreak and the need for America to eliminate crowds of any size. “We are saddened to have to call off our conference,” said Eric Hamelback, chief executive officer of the National Horsemen’s Benevolent & […]

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Hamelback, Lamb Among Electees To Racing Officials Accreditation Program Board

The Racing Officials Accreditation Program’s (ROAP) board of directors elected its 2020-2021 officers during its December 17 board meeting. Frank Lamb, a ROAP-accredited steward, was elected ROAP chairman; Eric Hamelback, CEO of the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, was elected ROAP vice chairman; Wendy Davis, director at the University of Arizona and previously ROAP […]

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Race Track Chaplaincy Of America To Raffle Commercial Mower As Fundraiser

The Race Track Chaplaincy of America (RTCA), in partnership with the National HBPA and Equine Equipment, is pleased to announced a fundraising raffle to help the organization further its goal of serving the racing industry. The RTCA will be selling 200 raffle tickets at $50 each for a chance to win a commercial Toro or […]

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Thoroughbred Industry Organizations’ Statements On Current Crisis

It began with a media death watch during a cold and wet winter at Santa Anita Park. As the number of racing and training fatalities increased at the Arcadia, Calif., track (it topped out at 30 from Dec. 26 through June 22), local and then national media began to take notice. Santa Anita owner Belinda […]

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Association Of Racetrack Veterinarians, HBPA: Curtailing Lasix Won’t Reduce Injury Rates

The following statements were released Tuesday by the North American Association of Racetrack Veterinarians (NAARV) and Eric Hamelback, CEO of the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA), regarding the recent breakdowns at Santa Anita and the issue of Lasix. From the NAARV: The membership of North American Association of Racetrack Veterinarians, both on site […]

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HBPA: Review Committee Could Help Stewards Make The Right Call

Eric Hamelback, chief executive officer of the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, is developing a concept he believes would help stewards navigate the increasingly complex world when highly sophisticated testing collides with environmental contamination and the inadvertent transfer of matter to racehorses. Speaking Friday on the last day of programming at the National HBPA […]

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HBPA Panel: Paying For Basic Data Puts Racing At Disadvantage

To grow its consumer base and revenue, horse racing must change the way it does business — including giving away free past-performance information that horseplayers use to handicap before placing bets. That belief was expressed repeatedly throughout Wednesday’s first day of panels and presentations at the National HBPA Convention at the Sheraton Sand Key. The […]

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Claiming Crown To Remain At Gulfstream Park Through 2021

The Claiming Crown, which has seen unprecedented growth the past five years while being hosted at Gulfstream Park, will remain in South Florida through 2021. Gulfstream, the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA), National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA) and Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (FHBPA), announced Thursday a three-year agreement beginning in […]

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On Capitol Hill: Backers, Opponents Debate Horseracing Integrity Act

Change vs the status quo. That was the theme of Friday’s debate at a hearing on Capitol Hill about the Horseracing Integrity Act. The bill would, among other things, ban the use of Lasix on race day and put drug testing and medication oversight in the hands of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). Whether […]

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