Commentary – Horse Racing: We Gonna Have A Sport Or Not?

Sport is characterized by a challenging dichotomy that threatens its very existence as a viable enterprise worthy of both participation and widespread appreciation. Athletes are drawn to sport in the main by those with a passion for contests and games of skill. It is this ardor shown on the courts, courses and battlefields that in […]

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Donna Brothers To Give Keynote Address At National HBPA Convention

Donna Barton Brothers — the accomplished jockey who has become even more prominent as an award-winning racing analyst for NBC Sports, advocate for responsible equine welfare and author — will be the keynote speaker at the National HBPA’s annual convention in March. “Donna is exactly the type of inspirational keynote speaker we seek for the […]

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National HBPA: More Than 600 Industry Stakeholders Show Support For Race-Day Lasix

A unified industry group believes banning Lasix will adversely impact the health and welfare of racehorses, as well as the strength of our industry. Today, a letter was released with more than 600 signatures in support of protecting Lasix as a choice for horsemen and veterinarians to administer on race day for the well-being of equine […]

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Eight-For-Eight: Aztec Sense Named HBPA 2018 Claiming Crown Horse Of The Year

Joseph Besecker’s Aztec Sense has been selected as the National HBPA’s 2018 Claiming Crown Horse of the Year following a remarkable season in which the 5-year-old gelding went 8 for 8 and earned $408,540, his five stakes capped by the $200,000 Claiming Crown Jewel at Gulfstream Park. The National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association selects […]

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British Columbian Official Under Investigation For Providing False Licenses To Hastings Workers

An inspector at British Columbia’s gaming policy and enforcement branch is under investigation for allegedly providing licenses to work at Hastings Racecourse for prices between $600 and $1,000, according to Global News. An immigration raid at the Hastings by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) saw 25 individuals arrested on Monday. Seven of those, all from […]

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Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards Nomination Deadline Is July 15

Who are your unsung heroes? The Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards (TIEA) recognize and reward the outstanding talent, diligence and commitment of the farm and racing stable staff vital to the industry. “The Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards program honors hardworking people, from racetrack and farm staff to grooms, hot walkers, administrative personnel and those who help […]

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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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Illinois HBPA Officer Suspended 120 Days After Horse Found In Kill Pen

Stewards at Fairmount Park in Collinsville, Ill., have suspended owner Dixie Harr for 120 days and fined her $2,500 after one of her horses was found in an Oklahoma kill pen. At the time of the ruling in mid-April, Harr was both secretary/treasurer and a board member for the Illinois Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, […]

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Kentucky HBPA Opposes Lasix Phase-Out Plan: ‘Inconceivable’ It’s Being Considered

The Kentucky Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association (KHBPA), unalterably opposes the recently-announced plan of several North American tracks, including Keeneland and Churchill Downs, to run 2-year-old races without the anti-bleeder medication Lasix in 2020 and all stakes races in 2021. The KHBPA is the recognized representatives at all five Thoroughbred tracks in the Commonwealth. It […]

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