Eric Hamelback

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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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: ‘So Much To Offer’ Well Beyond Racing

The best teachers are those whose lessons not only stick, they last a lifetime. They have wisdom to share and they convey it in a way that’s easy to receive, often simplifying what might otherwise be complicated or overwhelming. For former polo player and current CEO of the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, Eric […]

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Claiming Crown Draws 294 Nominations To Kick Off Gulfstream’s Championship Meet

Four defending champions are among 294 nominations to the 19th running of the $1.11 million Claiming Crown set for Saturday, Dec. 2, opening day of Gulfstream Park’s 2017-2018 Championship Meet. This year marks the sixth consecutive year Gulfstream Park will serve as host to the nine-race Claiming Crown, created in 1999 by the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and […]

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HBPA’s Hamelback: We ‘Support Clean Racing In Our Sport. Period.’

Eric Hamelback, CEO of the National HBPA authored the following response to a piece written by Ray Paulick Wednesday regarding the outcome of the federal trial of trainer Murray Rojas in Pennsylvania: The National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association and Pennsylvania HBPA support clean racing in our sport. Period. Despite what Mr. Paulick writes on […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: In Rojas Trial, HBPA Plays The Part Of Enabler

It must be disheartening at times to be an honest Thoroughbred owner or trainer, especially one that happens to race in Pennsylvania. It’s bad enough, as we learned last week in the federal trial of trainer Murray Rojas, that widespread and systematic cheating has been going on at Penn National racecourse in Grantville, Pa. for […]

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Pennsylvania: The FBI Agent And The Trainer

Bruce Doupe is a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation who has spent the last five of his 13 years at the FBI’s Harrisburg, Pa., office investigating what he calls ”allegations of criminal wrongdoing in the conduct of Thoroughbred racing at Penn National Race Course.” That characterization is taken from testimony Doupe gave […]

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Legal Defense Fund Created By National HBPA Supporting Indicted Penn National Trainer

A recently formed non-profit association affiliated with the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association is helping fund the legal defense of trainer Murray Rojas, who has been charged with multiple counts of wire fraud and criminal conspiracy in a long-running federal investigation of horsemen and racing officials at Penn National racetrack in Grantville, Pa. Articles […]

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Vitali Case Gives Congressional Horse Caucus Real-Life Example Of Broken System

It’s time for the Congressional Horse Caucus members to go on a field trip. May I suggest they take a break today from their hard work at the U.S. Capitol and make the short drive up the Baltimore-Washington Parkway to spend an afternoon at Laurel Park in Maryland? They can see first-hand how badly the current structure for […]

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