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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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‘Better Get That Horse Scheduled’: Digital Tattoos On Track For Jan. 1, 2020 Takeover

Digital tattoos and foal papers for racehorses not only are coming, they’re here. After Dec. 31, 2019, only electronic rather than hard-copy registration papers will be issued and the physical ink-based lip tattoo will be officially replaced with a microchip. Curtis Linnell, executive vice president of the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau, and TRPB agent Emma […]

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HBPA Conference: Research Offers Up World Of Possibilities For Horse Racing

Economist Steven Vickner, an associate professor in the University of Louisville College of Business’ equine industry program, knows the possibilities of cutting-edge research that could help horse racing make smarter business decisions. He just needs the data. So continued the call Thursday at the National Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association Convention for greater sharing of […]

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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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Upcoming HBPA Convention: ‘Finding Ways For Horse Racing To Do Things Better’

Finding ways for horse racing to do things better is the overarching theme of the National HBPA Convention March 12-16 at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort in Clearwater Beach, Fla. That also is the mission of the new Thoroughbred Idea Foundation, a horse-racing think tank whose representatives form the March 13 keynote panel at the annual convention staged […]

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Thoroughbred Idea Foundation Panel To Headline 2019 HBPA Convention

In an effort to continue supporting and promoting Thoroughbred racing and the encompassing industry, the keynote address at the National HBPA’s annual convention in March of 2019 will be a panel of representatives from the recently established Thoroughbred Idea Foundation. The non-profit Thoroughbred Idea Foundation (TIF) was formed earlier this year to create an active forum for […]

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Kentucky HBPA Raffling Televisions To Benefit Family Of Late Exercise Rider Odanis Acuna

The Kentucky HBPA’s foundation is raffling off one 40-inch and two 32-inch televisions, with proceeds going to the family of Odanis Acuna, the 42-year-old veteran exercise rider killed Saturday morning in a training accident at Churchill Downs. Acuna, nicknamed Cuba for his homeland, leaves a wife and three young children. The raffle chances are $10 […]

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Kentucky HBPA Introduces New Website, #KyBCKids Twitter Initiative

The Kentucky HBPA has launched a redesigned website, kyhbpa.org, along with its latest social-media initiative, #KyBCKids, as part of the organization’s mission to serve horsemen and promote thoroughbred racing. The Kentucky HBPA, a division of the National Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association, represents about 6,000 thoroughbred owners and trainers and is the only organization negotiating […]

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Washington HBPA Sets Up Fundraising Effort For Jockey Nikeela Black

In an effort to show both monetary and emotional support to Jockey Nikeela Black Abrams, the Washington HBPA has organized a fundraiser to assist with her recovery. The veteran rider is recovering from injuries she sustained in a spill at the Eastern Idaho Fair at Blackfoot, Idaho. She last rode at Emerald Downs on August […]

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