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THA Hires Belfiore To Oversee Mid-Atlantic Strategic Plan To Reduce Equine Fatalities

Andy Belfiore, who has served as executive director for the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association for the past four years, will join the Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (“THA”) as the Project Manager for the Mid-Atlantic Strategic Plan to Reduce Equine Fatalities. In this capacity, Belfiore will work with the Plan’s architects, NYS Equine Medical Director Dr. Scott […]

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National HBPA, THA Issue Statement On Hollendorfer Ban: ‘We Do Not Intend To Stand Idly By’

Due process is a fundamental and accepted constitutional right in our country. In a government sanctioned and regulated industry, it is required. Every person in our industry who holds a license to participate is given a right to due process when their livelihood is threatened. We are an industry that operates according to rules and […]

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New York Horsemen To Fund Drug Testing Improvements, Research Into EPO Detection

The Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, led by a $25,000 donation from the New York THA, will contribute a total of $50,000 to fund research to develop an inexpensive test for the detection of potential blood doping agents such as erythropoietin (EPO). The two-year study, an initiative of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium, will be conducted by […]

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CBA: ‘Off Label’ Use Of Bisphosphonates In Young Horses Is Unacceptable

The use of bisphosphonates in young horses is a hot-button issue with the recent rash of breakdowns at Santa Anita Park, and last week the Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association began pushing for rules that would partially ban bisphosphonates. The drug, commercially known as Osphos or Tildren and used to treat  symptoms of navicular disease, is not […]

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Report: Mid-Atlantic Horsemen To Discuss Partial Ban On Bisphosphonates

Alan Foreman, chairman of the Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, told the Thoroughbred Daily News this week a group of Mid-Atlantic horsemen will soon discuss a ban on the use of bisphosphonates in racehorses in the region. The drugs, which were approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in older horses with laminitic pain, have […]

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MATCH Series Returns In 2019 With Revised Format, ‘Special Event Days’

After a celebrated and highly successful return to the racing calendar last year, the MATCH Series (Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Championships) will return in 2019, featuring a new format designed to encourage more participation from horsemen, brand the series as special event days at the participating racetracks, and make it easier for the racing public to follow […]

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Appelbaum Elected President Of Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association

New York owner, breeder and ace handicapper Joseph Appelbaum, the newly elected president of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, has been elected president of the Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association. Appelbaum, who was unanimously elected by the THA board of directors, succeeds longtime THA president Rick Violette Jr., who retired from the NYTHA board. “Joe became […]

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Vitali Case Gives Congressional Horse Caucus Real-Life Example Of Broken System

It’s time for the Congressional Horse Caucus members to go on a field trip. May I suggest they take a break today from their hard work at the U.S. Capitol and make the short drive up the Baltimore-Washington Parkway to spend an afternoon at Laurel Park in Maryland? They can see first-hand how badly the current structure for […]

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Honoring Our Presidents: Executive Salaries At Horse Industry Non-Profit Organizations

When George Washington became the first president of the United States in 1789, he reluctantly accepted an annual salary of $25,000 – a very substantial figure for that time. He didn’t like the idea of being paid to serve his new country but was convinced that not taking a salary would set a bad precedent, […]

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Barr-Tonko Bill Delivers What Thoroughbred Industry Wants, Needs

Do we really need federal legislation to establish a structure for a national agency to regulate medication use in horse racing? The Jockey Club, Breeders’ Cup and the advocacy group, Water Hay Oats Alliance (WHOA), say yes. The National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, Thoroughbred Owners of California and Association of Racing […]

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