Eric Hamelback

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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‘Completely Wrongheaded’: HBPA Opposes Senate Version Of Horseracing Integrity Act

The National Horseman’s Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA) announces its opposition to the Senate version of the Horseracing Integrity Act (S. 1820), introduced last week by Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Martha McSally (R-AZ). On behalf of thoroughbred race horse owners, and trainers, the HBPA has been steadfast in its opposition to the House companion […]

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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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Backers, Foes Of Horseracing Integrity Act To Testify Before Congress

Five racing executives, two members of the House of Representatives and one animal welfare organization official have agreed to testify before a Congressional subcommittee on Friday to discuss the pros and cons of the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017. The House of Representatives’ Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection […]

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KEEP Day In Frankfort Helps State Legislators ‘Connect The Dots’ Of Horse Industry

The Kentucky Equine Education Project staged its second KEEP Day in Frankfort, with horsemen and horse enthusiasts of all breeds and disciplines interacting with state legislators to discuss the economic importance of equines in their home districts. A prevalent message: Kentucky didn’t become the Horse Capital of the World by being a one-trick pony. Horses of all types contribute significant assets to local […]

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National HBPA Convention Topics Include Sports Betting, Aftercare

Sports betting and its possible effects on horse racing. Stemming the dearth of backside employees. Horses’ inadvertent exposure to recreational and prescription medications. Needing solutions, not just funding, for Thoroughbred aftercare. Where the trainer absolute-insurer rule stands. Horsemen as citizen marketers. Those are among the discussions taking center stage at the National HBPA Convention, March 13-17 at […]

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