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Monday, May 18, 2015

Nebraska HBPA Announces Election Results

The Nebraska HBPA has announced the results of its 2015 election. Congratulations to all the winners and participants.

President
Barry Lake

Owner Directors
Joe Koziol
Margaret Landis
Robert Moser Jr.
Dennis Smith
Craig Wulf
Gene McCloud - 1st Alternate

Owner/Trainers Directors
Larry Donlin Jr.
Steve Hall
John Ness
Larry Staroscik
Ron Westermann
Schuyler Condon - 1st Alternate

Friday, May 15, 2015

National HBPA's Quest for the Crown, Sponsored by Finish Line Horse Products Inc.: Preakness Stakes

Welcome to the eighth edition of the National HBPA's Quest for the Crown, sponsored by Finish Line Horse Products Inc. Each edition features a look at the major prep races on the road to the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes along with previews of all three Triple Crowns races.

Below you will find a variety of links to previews, analysis, video and more.

After the links, you will also find useful information about the Kentucky Derby prep race schedule, points standings and leading contenders.

If you have a link to suggest, please email hj@hbpa.org. You may also post your comments or selections to this blog by clicking the comment link at the bottom of this posting.

$1.5 million Preakness Stakes (G1) * Pimlico * 5/16 * Approx. Post Time 6:18 pm ET

Full Preview and Prediction for 2015 Preakness Stakes – BleacherReport.com

How to Watch And Wager On The 2015 Preakness – Forbes.com

That Handicapping Show: The Preakness Stakes – BloodHorse.com

Preakness 2015: American Pharoah, Dortmund and Firing Line Headline Field – NYTimes.com

Preakness Stakes 2015: American Pharoah betting odds, race outlook – SBNation.com

Preakness Stakes betting horse-by-horse preview and picks – Covers.com

Preakness Stakes: How I’d Bet $100 – CBS Pittsburgh

Wayne Lukas keeps things interesting at Preakness – LATimes.com

Free Preakness Past Performances – Louisville Courier-Journal

Canadian-bred Danzig Moon brings 'mean' attitude to Preakness Stakes – TorontoSun.com

Helpful Links:

Complete Kentucky Derby Prep Schedule with Point Values – KentuckyDerby.com

Road to the Kentucky Derby Points Leaderboard – KentuckyDerby.com

Kentucky Derby Future Wager Info – KentuckyDerby.com

Kentucky Derby Power Rankings from Leading Handicappers – KentuckyDerby.com

Profiles of Leading Kentucky Derby Contenders – KentuckyDerby.com

Daily Racing Form's Derby Top 20 – DRF.com

Steve Haskin's Derby Dozen – BloodHorse.com

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Registration Now Open for the National HBPA Summer Convention in Denver

Want to get some relief from the heat of August? Plan to attend the largest horsemen's organization in the country at their Summer Convention in the Mile High City of Denver, Colorado, from August 6-9.

Our host hotel, the Grand Hyatt Denver, is centrally located in the heart of downtown, right in the shopping and restaurant district.

On Saturday afternoon, we'll be graciously hosted by Arapahoe Park Racetrack and the Colorado Horse Racing Association.

In conjunction with ROAP(Racing Officials Accreditation Program) we're holding a ROAP Certificate Course at the hotel, just arrive a day early and pay $25. Get more info by clicking here.

You'll find all the online convention registration information, as well as an online hotel booking link posted on the National HBPA's website.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Statement by National HBPA CEO Eric Hamelback on Legislation Filed by Sen. Tom Udall (NM) and Rep. Joe Pitts (PA)

"The National HBPA would like to address the recent announcement released by Sen. Tom Udall and Rep. Joe Pitts. On behalf of our 30 affiliates and close to 30,000 individual members within North America,  the National HBPA strongly opposes any legislation that seeks to repeal The Interstate Horse Racing Act. The National HBPA believes opposing this legislation, or any similar legislation, will be critical to the economic viability of not only the Thoroughbred racing industry, but the equine industry as a whole."

National HBPA's Quest for the Crown, Sponsored by Finish Line Horse Products Inc.: Kentucky Derby

Welcome to the seventh edition of the National HBPA's Quest for the Crown, sponsored by Finish Line Horse Products Inc. Each edition features a look at the major prep races on the road to the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes along with previews of all three Triple Crowns races.

Below you will find a variety of links to previews, analysis, video and more.

After the links, you will also find useful information about the Kentucky Derby prep race schedule, points standings and leading contenders.

If you have a link to suggest, please email hj@hbpa.org. You may also post your comments or selections to this blog by clicking the comment link at the bottom of this posting.

$2 million Kentucky Derby (G1) * Churchill Downs * 5/2 * Approx. Post Time 6:34 pm ET

Kentucky Derby 2015: latest handicapping, preview, TV guide, schedule (Washington Post)

Juleps, Show Bets, And Heels: Kentucky Derby Do’s And Don’ts (Paulick Report)

Dortmund to be Saddled on Paddock Path (Blood-Horse)

Bolo's Best Effort Could Surface in Derby (Blood-Horse)

On All Cylinders: Firing Line Ready for Derby (Blood-Horse)

Full Preview and Prediction for 2015 Kentucky Derby (Bleacher Report)

Kentucky Derby 2015: Dark Horse Derby Preview (Horse Racing Nation)

Watching And Wagering On Kentucky Derby 141 (Forbes)

Kentucky Derby: Mubtaahij Remains the Mystery Horse (Wall Street Journal)

Kentucky Derby betting preview: American Pharoah sits atop odds (SB Nation)

NBC Sports' Kenny Rice Previews Kentucky Derby (InsideSTL)

Kentucky Derby Contenders 2015: Odds, Value Bets and Underdogs Worth Backing (Bleacher Report)

Kentucky Derby Betting Tips (Louisville Courier-Journal)

Racing Form: Our Annual Handicapping Of Kentucky Derby Horse Names (Forbes)

Helpful Links:

Complete Kentucky Derby Prep Schedule with Point Values – KentuckyDerby.com

Road to the Kentucky Derby Points Leaderboard – KentuckyDerby.com

Kentucky Derby Future Wager Info – KentuckyDerby.com

Kentucky Derby Power Rankings from Leading Handicappers – KentuckyDerby.com

Profiles of Leading Kentucky Derby Contenders – KentuckyDerby.com

Daily Racing Form's Derby Top 20 – DRF.com

Steve Haskin's Derby Dozen – BloodHorse.com

Monday, April 20, 2015

Eric Hamelback Named CEO of National HBPA

The National HBPA has announced the appointment of Eric Hamelback as their new CEO. Eric will assume responsibilities on April 20, 2015 and will succeed Phil Hanrahan, who stepped down earlier this year.

Hamelback has most recently been the General Manager for Adena Springs, KY. He was with the Adena Springs team covering 14 of the last 17 years, beginning in 1997. He began with Adena Springs as Yearling Manager, then promoted to Assistant Manager both in Kentucky and then with the Florida operation and he was ultimately appointed to General Manager of the Kentucky operation in 2008.

Hamelback stated, “Accepting the position as CEO for the National HBPA is an honor. To be part of an organization that has its primary focus being the health and welfare of the equine athlete, along with that of protecting horsemen’s interests, epitomizes what I have strived for in my professional career. I look forward to joining with members of this organization, and continuing to promote and protect racing, our amazing athletes, and most importantly the horsemen that make this industry great.”

“The National HBPA went through a careful and deliberative search process and we are delighted with the outcome. Eric’s background separated himself from the other candidates. He sealed the deal with his clear passion for the equine athlete, his desire to champion the cause of our members, along with his clear interest in helping the overall industry work together rather than divisively,” commented National HBPA President Robin Richards.


Hamelback has been a long time horseman, starting his career in the late 1980s on the racetracks and training centers in Louisiana and Arkansas. Eventually he attended Louisiana State University where he also managed equine herds at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine. Upon graduation from LSU, Hamelback returned to the tracks of Louisiana and Arkansas working for an equine veterinary practice. In 1994, Hamelback was given the opportunity to start his professional career in Kentucky with Prestonwood Farm. In 1997 he began his tenure with Adena Springs. In 2008, Hamelback was promoted to General Manager of the Kentucky operation. Currently Hamelback is active on several industry boards. Presently he resides on the KBIF Advisory Board, the University of Kentucky GLUCK Foundation Board, the TOBA Board of Trustees and TOBA Executive Committee as Secretary, and the Thoroughbred Charities of America Board of Directors.

Monday, April 13, 2015

National HBPA President Robin Richards Pens Op-Ed on Lasix-Free Racing in Lexington Herald-Leader

Robin Richards, president and chairperson of the board for the National HBPA, has penned an op-ed that ran in the April 13 edition of the Lexington Herald-Leader about why a plan to try Lasix(Salix)-free racing in Kentucky is not only divisive but also potentially harmful to horses and their riders.

"Owners, trainers and veterinarians choose the use of this one therapeutic medication to help ensure the safety and welfare of their animals, just as millions of people in the world use Lasix," Richards wrote. "Should folks feel otherwise, they may race their horses without Lasix at any time. Every day, horses are racing Lasix-free across the country and Canada already, and many beat those who do race on Lasix."

To read the complete op-ed, click here.

Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/2015/04/13/3798247_lasix-free-racing-plan-divisive.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy

Friday, April 10, 2015

National HBPA's Quest for the Crown, Sponsored by Finish Line Horse Products Inc.: Arkansas Derby

Welcome to the sixth edition of the National HBPA's Quest for the Crown, sponsored by Finish Line Horse Products Inc. Each edition features a look at the major prep races on the road to the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes.

Below you will find a variety of links to previews, analysis, video and more for this weekend’s major prep races.

After the links, you will also find useful information about the Kentucky Derby prep race schedule, points standings and leading contenders.

If you have a link to suggest, please email hj@hbpa.org. You may also post your comments or selections to this blog by clicking the comment link at the bottom of this posting.

$1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) * Oaklawn Park * 4/11 * Approx. Post Time 6:18 pm ET

American Pharoah Heavy Favorite for Arkansas Derby (USA Today)

Inside the Numbers: Arkansas Derby (America’s Best Racing)

Baffert Hoping to ‘Learn More” About American Pharoah in Arkansas Derby (Brisnet)

Arkansas Derby TV Schedule, Post Positions and Odds (Bleacher Report)

Derby Hopefuls Need to Run Well in Arkansas Derby (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

Arkansas Derby to Have Profound Impact on Kentucky Derby (Miami Herald)

Lukas Defends Running Mr. Z in Arkansas Derby (Louisville Courier-Journal)

American Pharoah Towers Over Arkansas Derby Field (Horse Racing Nation)

Arkansas Derby Features Far Right vs. American Pharoah (WDRB)

American Pharoah No Lock in Arkansas Derby (America’s Best Racing)

Helpful Links:

Complete Kentucky Derby Prep Schedule with Point Values – KentuckyDerby.com

Road to the Kentucky Derby Points Leaderboard – KentuckyDerby.com

Kentucky Derby Future Wager Info – KentuckyDerby.com

Kentucky Derby Power Rankings from Leading Handicappers – KentuckyDerby.com

Profiles of Leading Kentucky Derby Contenders – KentuckyDerby.com

Daily Racing Form's Derby Top 20 – DRF.com

Steve Haskin's Derby Dozen – BloodHorse.com

Friday, April 3, 2015

National HBPA's Quest for the Crown, Sponsored by Finish Line Horse Products Inc.: Blue Grass Stakes, Wood Memorial and Santa Anita Derby

Welcome to the fifth edition of the National HBPA's Quest for the Crown, sponsored by Finish Line Horse Products Inc. Each edition features a look at the major prep races on the road to the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes.

Below you will find a variety of links to previews, analysis, video and more for this weekend’s major prep races.

After the links, you will also find useful information about the Kentucky Derby prep race schedule, points standings and leading contenders.

If you have a link to suggest, please email hj@hbpa.org. You may also post your comments or selections to this blog by clicking the comment link at the bottom of this posting.

$1 million Blue Grass Stakes (G1) * Keeneland * 4/4 * Approx. Post Time 6:00 pm ET

Blue Grass Stakes Odds, Post Positions and TV Schedule (Bleacher Report)

That Handicapping Show: The Blue Grass Stakes (Blood-Horse)

Unrivaled Upset-Minded in Blue Grass Stakes (America’s Best Racing)

Blue Grass Stakes: Nick Zito, Frammento (Blood-Horse)

Can Carpe Diem Seize Blue Grass Stakes (WDRB)

Blue Grass Stakes Preview from Paul Mazur (Chicago Now)

Betting the Blue Grass on a Budget (America’s Best Racing)

$1 million Wood Memorial (G1) * Aqueduct * 4/4 * Approx. Post Time 5:30 pm ET

Wood Memorial Preview from Paul Mazur (Chicago Now)

Frosted Looking to Rebound in Wood (Blood-Horse)

Handicapping the Wood Memorial (Horse Racing Nation)

Daredevil Joins El Kabeir in Wood Memorial (Louisville Courier-Journal)

Triple Crown Insider Wood Memorial Preview (TDN)

Wood Memorial Odds, Post Positions and TV Schedule (Bleacher Report)

Daredevil Owner Looking Forward to Wood Memorial Test (Lady and the Track)

$1 million Santa Anita Derby (G1) * Santa Anita * 4/4 * Approx. Post Time 3:30 pm PT

Rivals Back to Challenge Dortmund in SA Derby (Blood-Horse)

Handicapping the Santa Anita Derby (Horse Racing Nation)

Prospect Park Chasing Favorite Dortmund in Santa Anita Derby (LA Daily News)

Triple Crown Insider Santa Anita Derby Preview (TDN)

Santa Anita Derby Odds, Post Positions and TV Schedule (Bleacher Report)

Santa Anita Derby Preview from Nicolle Neulist (Chicago Now)

Dortmund is Horse Discoverer’s Latest Star (NY Times)

Helpful Links:

Complete Kentucky Derby Prep Schedule with Point Values – KentuckyDerby.com

Road to the Kentucky Derby Points Leaderboard – KentuckyDerby.com

Kentucky Derby Future Wager Info – KentuckyDerby.com

Kentucky Derby Power Rankings from Leading Handicappers – KentuckyDerby.com

Profiles of Leading Kentucky Derby Contenders – KentuckyDerby.com

Daily Racing Form's Derby Top 20 – DRF.com

Steve Haskin's Derby Dozen – BloodHorse.com

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Kentucky HBPA Partners with Churchill and Keeneland to Fund Work of Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance

The Kentucky Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, Keeneland Racecourse and Churchill Downs Racetrack will join in a unique partnership designed to generate funds for the work of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA), the non-profit organization that serves as both an accrediting body for facilities that care for Thoroughbreds at the conclusion of their racing careers and a fundraising engine to support aftercare facilities approved by the alliance.

A partnership agreement signed by leaders of the three organizations calls for Kentucky HBPA member owners to contribute $5 to the TAA for each of their horses that start in races at the two tracks. Churchill Downs and Keeneland would then match each contribution generated in their respective races. The owner contribution and matching racetrack donations will begin on the opening day of each track’s spring racing sessions.

Keeneland is set to open its 15-day Spring Meet on Friday, April 3, and the first of 38 days of Spring Meet racing at Churchill Downs is set for Saturday, April 25.

Participation in the partnership by Thoroughbred owners is voluntary. Owners who wish to opt-out of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance funding partnership can do so by contacting the Horseman’s Bookkeepers at the tracks.

The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, a Lexington, Ky.-based 501(c) (3) non-profit organization created in 2012, awarded more than $2.4 million in grants to 42 accredited agencies in 2014.

“Churchill Downs, Keeneland and the Kentucky HBPA have all demonstrated their deep commitment to Thoroughbred aftercare through this initiative and they are to be commended for doing so,” said Jimmy Bell, president of both Darley America and the TAA. “We are immensely grateful to the owners who will be paying the $5-per-start fee and sincerely appreciate Churchill Downs and Keeneland matching those donations. We hope horsemen and racetracks in other parts of the country follow their example.”

“A quality life for all of our horses at the end of their racing days is an important issue for all horsemen, and the Kentucky HBPA believes this opportunity to provide vital funding for the work of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance will be embraced by our members,” said Marty Maline, Executive Director of the Kentucky HPBA. “The effort to create this partnership that links our members, Keeneland, Churchill Downs and the TAA has been very gratifying. This is a voluntary funding mechanism that will work for horsemen and tracks at every level of competition, and our members look forward to working with the TAA as its work continues to grow and thrive.”

“First and foremost, we must always do what is in the best interest of our horses; they are our No. 1 priority,” Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason said. “The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance is providing a critical service to our industry, and Keeneland is proud to support their important work.”

“The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance has done remarkable work in its very brief existence and Churchill Downs is excited to be a part of this partnership that will create important new funding for this non-profit organization,” said Kevin Flanery, president of Churchill Downs Racetrack. “This fundraising partnership provides a wonderful opportunity for our organizations to work together to help move the necessary work of the still very young Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance forward.”

Based in Lexington, Ky., the TAA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization designed to serve as both an accrediting body for aftercare facilities that care for Thoroughbreds following the conclusion of their racing careers, and a fundraising body to support these approved facilities. Funded initially by seed money from Breeders’ Cup, Ltd., The Jockey Club, and Keeneland Association, the TAA is comprised of and supported by owners, trainers, breeders, racetracks, aftercare professionals and other industry groups. In 2013, TAA awarded $1,000,000 to 23 accredited organizations and gave out an additional $2,400,000 to 42 accredited organizations in 2014.

Monday, March 30, 2015

What is Cobalt? Read a Complete Article on the Topic from The Horsemen's Journal

The regulation and effects of the mineral cobalt have been hot topics in recent weeks throughout the racing industry.

But just what is cobalt, and what are the current regulations?

The 2015 Spring issue of The Horsemen's Journal contained an in-depth article on cobalt, written by Clara K. Fenger, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, and Peter J. Sacopulos, JD.

To read the complete article, click here.

Friday, March 27, 2015

National HBPA's Quest for the Crown, Sponsored by Finish Line Horse Products Inc.: Florida Derby and Louisiana Derby

Welcome to the fourth edition of the National HBPA's Quest for the Crown, sponsored by Finish Line Horse Products Inc. Each edition features a look at the major prep races on the road to the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes.

Below you will find a variety of links to previews, analysis, video and more for this weekend’s major prep races.

After the links, you will also find useful information about the Kentucky Derby prep race schedule, points standings and leading contenders.

If you have a link to suggest, please email hj@hbpa.org. You may also post your comments or selections to this blog by clicking the comment link at the bottom of this posting.

$750,000 Louisiana Derby (G2) * Fair Grounds * 3/28 * Approx. Post Time 5:24 pm CT

Handicapping the Louisiana Derby (Horse Racing Nation)

Ramseys’ International Star Favored to Complete Fair Grounds Sweep (Lexington Herald-Leader)

War Story Tries to Turn Tables on International Star (DRF.com)

Mr. Z May Defeat International Star in Louisiana Derby (Lady and the Track)

Betting the Louisiana Derby on a Budget (America’s Best Racing)

Triple Crown Insider Preview (Thoroughbred Daily News)

That Handicapping Show: Louisiana Derby (Blood-Horse)

$1 million Florida Derby (G1) * Gulfstream Park * 3/28 * Approx. Post Time 6:48 pm CT

Rivals Rematch in Florida Derby (ESPN.com)

DRF Florida Derby Preview (DRF.com)

Materiality Could Play Spoiler in Florida Derby (DRF.com)

Handicapping the Florida Derby (Horse Racing Nation)

Kaplan Again Chasing Florida Derby Win (Sun Sentinel)

Florida Derby Promises Unforgettable Race Day at Gulfstream (Lady and the Track)

Triple Crown Insider Preview (Thoroughbred Daily News)

Florida Derby Preview: Upstart vs. Pletcher Pair (Horse Racing Nation)

Helpful Links:

Complete Kentucky Derby Prep Schedule with Point Values – KentuckyDerby.com

Road to the Kentucky Derby Points Leaderboard – KentuckyDerby.com

Kentucky Derby Future Wager Info – KentuckyDerby.com

Kentucky Derby Power Rankings from Leading Handicappers – KentuckyDerby.com

Profiles of Leading Kentucky Derby Contenders – KentuckyDerby.com

Daily Racing Form's Derby Top 20 – DRF.com

Steve Haskin's Derby Dozen – BloodHorse.com

Monday, March 16, 2015

The Interactive, Electronic Edition of The Horsemen's Journal Spring 2015 Issue is Now Available

The interactive, electronic version of The Horsemen's Journal's Spring 2015 issue is now available online. It is an enhanced version of our Spring 2015 issue, which is currently being mailed. To view it, either click here or click on the flipping magazine icon above.
Features in the issue include:

  • EXPANDING AND EDUCATING - The National HBPA Winter Convention in Arizona brought in a new member state while furthering discussion on medication and more
  • TOUR DE HANDICAPPING - The most recent Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship awarded a total of $2.36 million in prize money and an Eclipse Award
  • FIRE - Learn how to react when barn fires erupt and how to prevent them
  • WHAT IS COBALT? - A look at the effects and regulation of the mineral
Much more than a PDF, the interactive electronic edition of The Horsemen's Journal includes the ability to save, print, email, or share content on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Please enjoy this exciting offering from the National HBPA and share it with anyone you think might enjoy it.

All hyperlinks/URLs and email addresses in the electronic edition are working, clickable links. So be sure to click on some of them - especially those in the advertisements to get more information on the great products and services being offered by the companies supporting your horsemen's organization.

Friday, March 13, 2015

National HBPA's Quest for the Crown, Sponsored by Finish Line Horse Products Inc.: Rebel Stakes

Welcome to the third edition of the National HBPA's Quest for the Crown, sponsored by Finish Line Horse Products Inc. Each edition features a look at the major prep races on the road to the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes.

Below you will find a variety of links to previews, analysis, video and more for this weekend’s major prep races.

After the links, you will also find useful information about the Kentucky Derby prep race schedule, points standings and leading contenders.

If you have a link to suggest, please email hj@hbpa.org. You may also post your comments or selections to this blog by clicking the comment link at the bottom of this posting.

$750,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) * Oaklawn Park * 3/14 * Approx. Post Time 6:06 pm CT

Baffert Ace Returns in Rebel – ESPN.com

Champion filly Take Charge Brandi Out of Rebel Stakes with Knee Chip – Lexington Herald-Leader

That Handicapping Show: Rebel Stakes – BloodHorse.com

Kenny McPeek Discusses 2015 Rebel Stakes – HRTV.com

Rebel Stakes Preview – ChicagoNow.com

Rebel Stakes Contenders, Odds and Schedule – BleacherReport.com

American Pharoah Could Serve Notice with Big Run in Rebel Stakes – LA Daily News

Helpful Links:

Complete Kentucky Derby Prep Schedule with Point Values – KentuckyDerby.com

Road to the Kentucky Derby Points Leaderboard – KentuckyDerby.com

Kentucky Derby Future Wager Info – KentuckyDerby.com

Kentucky Derby Power Rankings from Leading Handicappers – KentuckyDerby.com

Profiles of Leading Kentucky Derby Contenders – KentuckyDerby.com

Daily Racing Form's Derby Top 20 – DRF.com

Steve Haskin's Derby Dozen – BloodHorse.com

All Four Longtime Corporate Sponsors Renew with the National HBPA

The National HBPA has announced that all four longtime corporate sponsors—equineline.com, Finish Line Horse Products Inc., Horseman Labor Solutions and Big Dee’s Tack & Vet Supplies—have agreed to another year of sponsorship. The number of corporate sponsors also increased to five with the recent addition of Omega Alpha Pharmaceuticals Inc.

“Our corporate sponsors help make it possible for the NHBPA to reach our goal of ‘horsemen helping horsemen,’ ” said NHBPA President Robin Richards. “Because of our partnerships with these quality companies, we are able put on two conventions each year to help educate and engage horsemen, the media and the general public on a wide range of issues in the racing industry. I want to sincerely thank our corporate sponsors, and I encourage all horsemen to consider their products and services.”

Equineline.com, a service of The Jockey Club Information Systems Inc. (TJCIS) of Lexington, Kentucky, offers a wide variety of services for horsemen. Equineline.com reports offer pedigrees, race records and a wide assortment of breeding, racing and sales information for individual Thoroughbreds and American Quarter Horses, including free five-cross pedigrees for Thoroughbreds, free auction results search for Thoroughbreds and a free Racing Recap for both Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse races. Many of the Thoroughbred reports include video replay capabilities.

Other equineline.com products include the Trainer Program, Farm Program and Portfolio Service. A free Owner Program helps owners manage and track their horse records, including procedures, revenue and expenses. TJCIS also offers the popular Equineline Sales Catalog app and Equineline Mare Produce Records online service and apps. Many HBPA offices make equineline.com reports available as a service to their members. To find out more, visit equineline.com.

Finish Line Horse Products Inc. has manufactured products for racing and other performance horses for nearly 40 years, but the family history with horses goes back well over a century. John Edward Howe, the great-grandfather of the company’s founder, rode horseback with Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders, and Howe’s grandson John Casper Howe had a long career as a jockey and then as a trainer. Finish Line strives to provide the right products at the right price and offers a free hotline for customers to ask trained staff about Finish Line products or just general equine-related questions.

While Finish Line has grown to service many additional equine disciplines over the years, Thoroughbred racing was the first and is still a core business for the company. The company appreciates the thousands of loyal clients who find that its products help them get to the “finish line.”

Finish Line products are made in the United States and are 100 percent guaranteed to horsemen every time with the goal to “produce products that will show you a noticeable improvement in your horse.” That makes Finish Line’s products a necessary part of many trainers’ barn programs and a factor in racing barns throughout the country. For more information about Finish Line Horse Products Inc., visit the company’s website at finishlinehorse.com.

Horseman Labor Solutions (HLS) has provided immigration services to the industry for nearly a decade and assisted trainers in maintaining their staff of skilled guest workers. Whether it is a 10-month temporary visa for a skilled groom or hot walker or a five-year visa for exercise riders and jockeys, HLS and its immigration services are considered second to none by many horsemen. HLS CEO William Velie is a frequent speaker at NHBPA conventions and is hands-on in meeting with both the trainers and guest workers to cover all details in the visa process. He often writes about immigration issues in The Horsemen’s Journal. Velie’s offices are based in Norman, Oklahoma, but his practice is nationwide. He practices immigration law in all 50 states and has a wide range of employment-based immigration experience. With years of experience, Velie has secured nearly 5,000 visas annually. For more information, visit HLS at horsemanlabor.com or call (800) 678-RACE (7223).

Serving the equine community for more than three decades, Big Dee’s Tack & Vet Supplies specializes in racing supplies and carries an extensive line of horse health care items. In addition, the company carries product lines for all equine disciplines—a testament to the company’s efforts to be a convenient, one-stop shopping destination for horsemen and women. The company also offers a variety of equine gifts and custom products, plus a complete line of dog-related products.

Big Dee’s prides itself on its top-notch customer service and its affordable prices. The company also takes great pride in its speedy service and tries to keep all of its merchandise in stock for immediate delivery. More than 90 percent of in-stock orders placed by 3 p.m. are shipped the same day. Customers can shop by phone at (800) 321-2142 or online at bigdweb.com. A complete product line catalog and a specific racing product catalog are available upon request.

The National HBPA is the largest racing horsemen’s representative association in North America, with 30 affiliate member organizations representing over 30,000 owners and trainers of thoroughbred racehorses. The National HBPA is proud partners with its corporate sponsors, Big Dee’s Tack & Vet Supplies, equineline.com, Finish Line Horse Products, Horseman Labor Solutions & Omega Alpha Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

National HBPA Welcomes Omega Alpha Pharmaceuticals Inc. as New Corporate Sponsor

The National HBPA is pleased to announce that Omega Alpha Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is now a corporate sponsor of North America’s largest association of horsemen. Based in Ontario, Canada, Omega Alpha specializes in natural formulations for enhancing equine health and performance.

“I know that many horsemen are already using Omega Alpha products, and I hope this partnership will allow more horsemen to try out their product line,” said NHBPA President Robin Richards. “We look forward to working with Omega Alpha for many years to come.”

Founded in 1992 and approved by Health and Welfare Canada, Omega Alpha makes all of its own products under the high-quality standards of Good Manufacturing Practice, which are the same standards used for modern pharmaceutical products. Omega Alpha also has its own rigid standards that include using only whole, uncut herbs so that the company can verify that no substitutions or alterations have been made. Additionally, Omega Alpha has its own fully functional laboratory to test the quality of the final product.

Omega Alpha offers dozens of equine products to treat a wide variety of conditions and keep horses running at their peak. The company also places a high value on education, and its website includes several equine webinars about important horse health topics. Omega Alpha also presents a monthly “teleseminar” covering a different topic with a Q&A session afterward.

“At Omega Alpha, we are committed to providing the racing industry with natural alternatives to relieve many equine health problems,” said Omega Alpha’s CEO and formulator, Gordon Chang, PhD. “Joining with the NHBPA is a welcome opportunity for us to interact with members who share our philosophy of better health and performance naturally.”

For more information on Omega Alpha, go to omegaalphaequine.com or call toll-free (800) 651-3172 from the U.S. or Canada.

The National HBPA is the largest racing horsemen’s representative association in North America, with 30 affiliate member organizations representing over 30,000 owners and trainers of Thoroughbred racehorses. The National HBPA is proud partners with its corporate sponsors, Big Dee’s Tack & Vet Supplies, equineline.com, Finish Line Horse Products, Horseman Labor Solutions and Omega Alpha Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Friday, March 6, 2015

National HBPA's Quest for the Crown, Sponsored by Finish Line Horse Products Inc.: Gotham, San Felipe and Tampa Bay Derby

Welcome to the second edition of the National HBPA's Quest for the Crown, sponsored by Finish Line Horse Products Inc. Each edition features a look at the major prep races on the road to the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes.

Below you will find a variety of links to previews, analysis, video and more for this weekend’s major prep races.

After the links, you will also find useful information about the Kentucky Derby prep race schedule, points standings and leading contenders.

If you have a link to suggest, please email hj@hbpa.org. You may also post your comments or selections to this blog by clicking the comment link at the bottom of this posting.

$400,000 Gotham Stakes (G3) * Aqueduct * 3/7 * Approx. Post Time 4:50pm ET

Gotham Stakes Preview by Paul Mazur – Chicago Now

Gotham Stakes Video Preview – DRF.com

Gotham Stakes Picks and Predictions – Docsports.com

Analysis of Gotham Field – Wall Street Journal

Looking Back: The Gotham’s Glorious History – Thoroughbred Racing Commentary

$400,000 San Felipe Stakes (G2) * Santa Anita * 3/7 * Approx. Post Time 2:57 pm PT

Ocho Ocho Ocho Set for 3-year-old Debut in San Felipe – DRF.com

Bob Baffert Holds Strong Hand in San Felipe – ESPN.com

Is Dortmund a Wildcat, or Just Big, Strong and Unbeaten? – USA Today

San Felipe Stakes: Helping Horses Make History – Lady and the Track

Dortmund’s Run for Triple Crown Redemption – Wall Street Journal

$350,000 Tampa Bay Derby (G2) * Tampa Bay Downs * 3/7 * Approx. Post Time 5:23 pm ET

Tampa Bay Derby Preview by Nicolle Neulist – Chicago Now

Carpe Diem Returns for Pletcher – ESPN.com

Carpe Diem Aims to Seize Tampa Bay Derby – Tampa Bay Times

Ocean Knight Joins Carpe Diem in Tampa Bay Derby – Louisville Courier-Journal

Tampa Bay Derby a Solid Step on the Kentucky Derby Trail – TimeformUS

Helpful Links:

Complete Kentucky Derby Prep Schedule with Point Values – KentuckyDerby.com

Road to the Kentucky Derby Points Leaderboard – KentuckyDerby.com

Kentucky Derby Future Wager Info – KentuckyDerby.com

Kentucky Derby Power Rankings from Leading Handicappers – KentuckyDerby.com

Profiles of Leading Kentucky Derby Contenders – KentuckyDerby.com

Daily Racing Form's Derby Top 20 – DRF.com

Steve Haskin's Derby Dozen – BloodHorse.com

Sunday, March 1, 2015

North American Association of Racetrack Veterinarians Incorporates in Kentucky

(NAARV press release)
The members of the North American Association of Racetrack Veterinarians (NAARV) are pleased to announce their recent incorporation in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. NAARV members are counted from Maine to California, Canada to Florida, and have organized for a common goal:

Advancing the health and welfare of the racehorse through evidence based veterinary medicine, expanding our scientific knowledge and the continuing education of the professionals and public involved with the sport.

The NAARV also seeks to advance the mission:

to ensure the health and well-being of the racehorse through protecting and improving the veterinary care, treatment and welfare of the equine athlete; to advance the treatment of disease and injury using evidence based medicine, to relieve animal suffering and to be proactive in advocating for and administering preventive veterinary care. Through education programs, the association will provide the opportunity to improve the knowledge and skills of its members and increase the public’s awareness of the medical needs of the racehorse and the scientific basis for the practice of equine veterinary medicine.

The racetrack practitioner represents the cutting edge of sports medicine for the benefit of the racing equine athlete. As the boundaries of scientific research and clinical knowledge have been pushed back, and racetrack practice has evolved into the modern day model, we realize that the perception of the racetrack practitioner has failed to keep pace with the reality. We believe that by continuing to practice with the highest level of integrity and striving to educate our clients, the public and our regulators, the perception of our profession can and will reflect our current high standards. Anyone interested in finding out more about our mission, please visit NAARV.org.

Friday, February 27, 2015

The Jockey Club Purchases Majority Ownership Stake in Blood-Horse

(Press Release from The Jockey Club)The Jockey Club and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA) announced today that The Jockey Club Information Systems Inc. has purchased a majority ownership interest in Blood-Horse magazine. The purchase also includes related digital and custom printing properties of Blood-Horse, the Stallion Register, and Blood-Horse’s 50% interest in TrueNicks LLC.

The announcement was made jointly by Ogden Mills Phipps, chairman of The Jockey Club, and Peter S. Willmott, chairman of TOBA.

“The Jockey Club stewards believe that a publication with the history, influence and brand recognition of Blood-Horse is a considerable asset for the Thoroughbred breeding and racing industry and that there are certain synergies that will make it an even stronger entity as a result of this transaction,” said Phipps.

“TOBA and its predecessor breeders organization have been the sole owner of Blood-Horse since 1935,” said Willmott. “With the considerable changes underway in the publishing industry, it is our strong feeling that a partnership with The Jockey Club in ownership of Blood-Horse will enhance Blood-Horse’s ability to serve its customers, especially on digital platforms.”

Simultaneously with the closing, Blood-Horse announced the appointment of John K. Keitt Jr. as chief executive officer and publisher. Keitt has served as a senior executive, corporate attorney, and consultant with broad experience in the media and technology areas. He was the senior vice president of Global Business for The Associated Press in New York City from 2003 – 2006, and he has also been a business and legal advisor to a wide range of Thoroughbred industry organizations since 1986.

Keitt will be based at the Blood-Horse offices in Lexington, Ky., starting today.

Blood-Horse will continue to cover the issues, events and personalities in our industry in a journalistically sound manner going forward,” Phipps said. “The Jockey Club and its affiliated companies have many longstanding business and editorial relationships with other media organizations in this industry, and we will strive to maintain and enhance those relationships. We are pleased to welcome aboard John Keitt as Blood-Horse’s new business leader.”

The purchase is effective immediately and financial details related to the transaction will not be disclosed. The transaction does not include ownership of The Horse, which will remain with TOBA and operate separately. Marla Bickel, the CEO and publisher of Blood-Horse Publications, will transition into a role as CEO and publisher of The Horse.

The Jockey Club and TOBA have collaborated on numerous Thoroughbred industry initiatives through the years. The most recent example is OwnerView, an owner development resource that was created in 2012 and is managed jointly by The Jockey Club Information Systems Inc. and TOBA.

Friday, February 20, 2015

National HBPA Accepting Resumes for Position of CEO

As previously reported, Philip Hanrahan has stepped down as Chief Executive Officer of the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association effective February 15th. Hanrahan has served as CEO since 2011.

NHBPA President, Robin Richards, stated, “While Phil will be hard to replace, we look forward to a robust process to find a suitable replacement. We have assembled a Search Committee with many of our leaders involved, and hope to identify candidates for final evaluation this month.”

Letters of interest and resumes are now being accepted through Friday, March 6th by the National HBPA, with review by its Search Committee planned to take place in the coming weeks.

For further information or to submit a resume please visit www.hbpa.org or email goshenfarmva@gmail.com.

The National HBPA (www.nationalhbpa.com) based in Lexington, KY is the largest racing horsemen’s representative organization in North America with 30 affiliate organizations and over 30,000 member horsemen. Omega Alpha Pharmaceuticals, Inc, Big Dee’s Tack & Vet Supplies, equineline.com, Finish Line Horse Products Inc., and Horseman Labor Solutions are proud corporate partners of the National HBPA.