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NTRA, Dean Dorton To Host Tax Webinar On Feb. 20

Dean Dorton, one of the largest CPA firms based in Kentucky and a partner of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), is teaming with the NTRA to host its annual webinar on February 20 focusing on key federal tax reform items for horse and farm owners. Based in Lexington, Ky., Dean Dorton provides audit, accounting, […]

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Three-Year Racehorse Depreciation Extension Signed Into Law

A key provision that extends three-year tax depreciation for all racehorses through 2020 was signed into law by the President earlier Friday. The racehorse provision, which received bi-partisan support within both Houses of Congress, was passed by the Senate on Thursday by a vote of 71-23 and passed by the House of Representatives on Tuesday […]

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H-2B Visa Program Relief Expected To Be Signed Into Law

Horse trainers who utilize the H-2B guest worker visa program to fill various backstretch positions are expected to have increased access to H-2B visas as a result of language included in the 2020 spending bill passed by Congress this week and expected to be signed by the President today. The bill gives the Secretary of […]

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Thoroughbred Safety Coalition Steering Committee Holds Meeting

The Thoroughbred Safety Coalition Steering Committee met in New York City on Dec. 18 to discuss next steps on advancing safety in Thoroughbred racing. The committee gathered to progress reforms and formalize membership efforts. Reforms The initial medication, organizational and operational reforms unveiled last month continue to gain traction within the Thoroughbred racing community. Members […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: U.S. Horse Racing’s Lack Of Organization, Leadership Magnified During Crisis

Horse racing is in crisis, and not just in California or the United States, where there has been an increased focus on the sport’s equine fatalities since Santa Anita Park went through a particularly deadly period last winter. More recently, Keeneland – in the heart of Kentucky’s Thoroughbred industry – has been on the defensive […]

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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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Dr. Mary Scollay New Executive Director, COO Of Racing Medication And Testing Consortium

The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) has hired Dr. Mary Scollay as its next executive director and chief operating officer. In her new role, which she assumes August 5, Dr. Scollay will be charged with the advancement of world-class laboratory drug testing standards, promotion of RMTC-recommended rules and penalties for prohibited substances and therapeutic […]

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NTRA Announces Support For Legislation To Ban Horse Slaughter In U.S.

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) released the following statement Wednesday regarding proposed federal legislation to outlaw horse slaughter in the United States. The statement comes nearly two weeks after NTRA President/CEO Alex Waldrop told the Daily Racing Form’s Jay Hovdey in part, “While we strongly oppose the slaughter of Thoroughbreds for human consumption, NTRA […]

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Waldrop, HBPA: HBO’s Real Sports ‘Slanted, Distorted, Inaccurate’

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association’s President and CEO Alex Waldrop released the following statement in response to a segment on this week’s HBO Real Sports, which focused on racing fatalities and the horse slaughter pipeline. Read more about the segment here. “Once again, HBO’s Real Sports presented a slanted, distorted, and inaccurate view of horse […]

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