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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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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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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 ( are excited to launch a second season of the program. The program offers development opportunities for those who are […]

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