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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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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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Woodbine, Ontario HBPA Announce Four-Year Deal Including $22 Million For Purses, Investment

Woodbine Entertainment and the Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association of Ontario (HBPA) jointly announced on Sunday that they have reached an agreement in principal for a new four-year racing deal which includes an increase of $22 million including guaranteed purses and capital investment in Thoroughbred racing. “Reaching this agreement in principal before the end of […]

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HBPA: Environmental Contamination In Racing Regulation

Ted Shults, a nationally recognized expert in forensic toxicology and law, says racing chemists and regulators face “self-inflicted injury” if their testing policies fail to recognize the existence of environmental contamination and inadvertent transfer of recreational and prescription medications to horses. “We would never do this on the human side,” said Shults, who works in […]

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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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Horsemanship Training Program Begins April 24 At Woodbine

After a successful inaugural season where 14 passionate individuals completed the Horsemanship Training Program at Woodbine Racetrack, Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) and the Horsemen’s Benevolent Protective Association of Ontario (HBPA), along with partner Groom Elite (http://groomelite.com) are excited to launch a second season of the program. The program offers development opportunities for those who are […]

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The Friday Show: Horsemen Helping Horsemen In Court?

Funds exist in many areas of society to help people defend themselves in court. The latest such legal defense fund has been created for horse racing trainers and owners in light of a federal case in Pennsylvania. In this week’s Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the reasons behind the fund, the broader […]

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Track Owners Geary, Johnsen Can Now Race Own Horses At Ellis, Kentucky Downs

One byproduct of the Churchill Downs Racing Club is the fact that Ellis racetrack owner Ron Geary and Kentucky Downs’ co-owner Corey Johnsen can race their horses at their tracks. The past few years, thoroughbred racetrack owners in Kentucky could not run at their tracks, though that did not apply to stock-holders or board of […]

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Finger Lakes HBPA President Speaks Up For ‘Protective’ Legislation

“I don’t want to be the last president of the Horsemen’s Association,” David Brown tells the Daily Messenger. The president of the Finger Lakes Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, Brown is concerned that there won’t be any reason for the HBPA to exist as early as 2017. The Lago Resort & Casino is scheduled to […]

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Woodbine Tapeta Installation Should Be Complete By New Year

According to Horse-Canada.com, the Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association of Ontario reported Friday that the Tapeta installation is on schedule at the Woodbine oval. Removal of the Canadian track’s polytrack surface began on Dec. 1, following the finish of the 2015 thoroughbred meet. The warm weather being experienced in the Ontario area has led workers […]

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