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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.

National HBPA's Quest for the Crown, Sponsored by Finish Line Horse Products Inc.: Risen Star, Southwest, Fountain of Youth

Welcome to the first 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 Risen Star Stakes (G3) * Fair Grounds * 2/21 * Approx. Post – 5:24 pm CT

Risen Star Preview by Paul Mazur – Chicagonow.com

Rising Stars Come Together in Risen Star – Foxsports.com

Trainer Shrugs Off Near-Tragedy to Resume Winning Ways – USAtoday.com

Risen Star Full Field Analysis – Horse Racing Nation

Classy Colts Contend for Derby Points in Risen Star – Lady and the Track

Risen Star Draws Field of 10 – ESPN.com

Stakes Advance – Risen Star – Fairgroundsracecourse.com

$300,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) * Oaklawn Park * 2/22 * Approx. Post – 4:42 pm CT

Eleven Entered in Redrawn Southwest Stakes – Horse Racing Nation

Southwest Stakes Postponed Because of Weather – Foxsports.com

Full Field Derby Dreaming in Southwest Stakes – ESPN.com

Southwest Stakes Preview by Nicolle Neulist – Chicagonow.com

Oaklawn Park News and Notes – Oaklawn.com

Southwest Stakes Preview – DRF.com

$400,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) * Gulfstream Park * 2/21 * Approx. Post 5:30 pm ET

That Handicapping Show – Fountain of Youth Preview – Bloodhorse.com

Fountain of Youth Preview by Paul Mazur – Chicagonow.com

Frosted Looks to Turn Tables on Upstart in Fountain of Youth – DRF.com

Upstart on Upswing Going into Fountain of Youth – Lady and the Track

Itsaknockout Takes Swing at Derby Prep in Fountain of Youth – Louisville Courier-Journal

Gulfstream Park News and Notes – Gulfstreampark.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

Sunday, February 8, 2015

National HBPA Concludes Convention, Expands Membership

The National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (NHBPA) on Sunday brought down the curtain on its winter convention after conducting a wide variety of forums and expanding its membership to include the Wyoming HBPA. The four-day event, hosted by the Arizona HBPA, was held at the Carefree Resort near Phoenix. In addition to the educational meetings, horsemen from across North America enjoyed an outing at Turf Paradise and a trip to an authentic western saloon complete with bull-riding.

“This was one of our most successful conventions yet with a diverse group of speakers addressing several important topics facing the racing industry,” said Robin Richards, president and chairperson of the NHBPA. “We are also pleased to welcome the Wyoming HBPA and bring even more members into our organization.”

The convention kicked off with keynote speaker Mike Rogers, president of the racing division of The Stronach Group. In a wide-ranging address, Rogers spoke about takeout rates, simulcast fees, exchange wagering and marketing North American racing around the globe.

In the racehorse aftercare forum, Dennis Miller, founder of the Arizona division of CANTER, described the process of transitioning and placing former racehorses into new homes. He mentioned how CANTER volunteers will even come to the track to take photos and video to help owners and trainers in placing horses who do not have a future in racing.

On the topic of growing the fan base, the NHBPA’s Robin Richards was joined by Tom LaMarra, news editor for The Blood-Horse; Eric Halstrom, vice president of racing operations for Canterbury Park; and Sean Clancy, writer, editor, publisher and owner of ST Publishing, Inc.

“Customer service at tracks needs to improve and education is critical to generating fans,” said Clancy. “We say we are different in horse racing with horses and horsemen, but if we don’t educate and differentiate ourselves, we are no different than other sports and gambling.”

One of the most heavily attended sessions covered out-of-competition testing and featured a panel moderated by National HBPA CEO Phil Hanrahan and comprised of Phil Combest, president of the Florida HBPA; Dr. Clara Fenger, PhD, DACVIM, a Central Kentucky veterinarian; Ed Martin, president of the Association of Racing Commissioners International; and Peter Sacopulos, an attorney and racehorse owner in Indiana.

Dr. Fenger, who serves as secretary for the North American Association of Racetrack Veterinarians, cautioned that the goal of such testing should be to find those using illegal, performance-enhancing drugs without interfering with legitimate therapeutic and medical treatment needed by horses.

“The entire point of the testing is to identify cheaters and have a level playing field, not unfairly penalize people not cheating,” she said. “We don’t want to go beyond the lines of what is unfairly affecting the performance of a horse during a race.”

The final forum of the convention covered medication issues and included a distinguished panel of speakers: Marybeth Brown-Pirrone, a New Mexico state Board of Veterinary Medicine member; Dr. Clara Fenger; Patrick Gallagher, a Chicago attorney involved in the pharmaceutical industry; Rachael Pontikes, who acts as litigation counsel for compounding pharmacies; and Dr. Thomas Tobin, a noted researcher and author at the University of Kentucky, Gluck Equine Research Center.

Martin gave an update on the relationship between RCI and the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium. He addressed the merger of the two proposed by RCI, which was declined by the RMTC. RCI then formed a scientific advisory committee to make recommendations for model rules.

“The RCI remains a member of the RMTC and will continue to rely on its lab accreditation (program),” Martin said. “We will continue to take policy recommendations from the RMTC as we would any other group. An important difference is sometimes lost: The RMTC makes recommendations, not rules.”

Fenger spoke about the 26 drugs on the Controlled Therapeutic Medication Schedule and potential problems with the threshold levels, especially considering that testing can now detect parts per quadrillion. She raised the same concern she did in an earlier forum about out-of-competition testing in that it makes it difficult for veterinarians to treat horses for medical and therapeutic issues.

“I don't know what we’ll be able to use to treat horses,” she said. “Our vet trucks will basically be bicycles.”

Also at the convention, the NHBPA issued a proclamation thanking CEO Phil Hanrahan for his service to the organization. Hanrahan announced in January that he would step down from his position following the convention. The NHBPA also posthumously honored Tom Metzen, Jr. for his work on national insurance issues affecting horsemen.

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. 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.

Monday, January 26, 2015

National HBPA Readies for Winter Convention

The National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (NHBPA) will hold its Winter Convention in Carefree, AZ at the Carefree Resort & Conference Center from Wednesday, February 4th to Sunday, February 8th with the Arizona HBPA as the host affiliate.

Scheduled on the agenda are multiple panels that will be of interest to NHBPA convention attendees and guests, beginning with Keynote Speaker Michael Rogers. Mr. Rogers is the President of The Stronach Group’s Racing & Gaming Division and will be discussing, “Horseracing today and tomorrow from the perspective of The Stronach Group.” Michael’s presentation will review the industry currently and how The Stronach Group will meet the challenges it foresees in the future.

“We look forward to having Michael Rogers from The Stronach Group come as our guest to be the Keynote Speaker during our Winter Convention. He is one of the foremost industry leaders in his position with great insight on how everything comes together to make racing the best it can be,” said Robin Richard’s, President of the NHBPA. “Along with Michael, we have a great set of panels put together with many experts from their various fields who we know will help horsemen to better understand the various aspects of the business of racing.”

The additional panels during the convention are: “Out-of-Competition Testing” a conversation with various industry viewpoints on the positives and negatives to such procedures; “Thoroughbred Aftercare” will discuss CANTER and its role in helping horses move off the racetrack into new homes; “Growing the Fan Base, Part 2” will include multiple points of view to increase the outreach of the racing industry from on-track to social media; “Therapeutic Medication Regulation in the United States, 2015 and Thereafter” will address a broad range of therapeutic medication challenges, and possibilities from a variety of perspectives.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

NHBPA CEO Will Leave Horsemen’s Organization in February

Philip Hanrahan, Chief Executive Officer of the National Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association (NHBPA), will step down mid February 2015 after the conclusion of the NHBPA Winter Convention in Carefree, Arizona.

“Phil has been an invaluable asset to the National HBPA” said Robin Richards, President of the organization. “He has always demonstrated a willingness to cultivate what is in the best interest of horsemen and women, and just as importantly, strived for the health, safety, and integrity of the horses with which we work. We are better for his efforts here, and I speak for all horsemen when I say that we wish him all of the best in his life and pursuits.”

During his three-year-tenure with the NHBPA, Mr. Hanrahan worked tirelessly with many industry organizations such as the ARCI, ROAP, and TOBA. He contributed greatly in transitioning the Claiming Crown from Canterbury Park to Gulfstream Park, where it has been held for the last three years. During the initial Claiming Crown at Gulfstream, he helped in the development of the Claiming Crown trophy now in use and given to the connections of the winning horses.

In conjunction with his working among various industry participants, Mr. Hanrahan also put together a variety of knowledgeable panels during the NHBPA’s twice-annual conventions that garnered enthusiasm and educated the public on interests vital to horses and horsemen. He demonstrated resolve in working out a myriad of fine detail necessary to generating change and compromise among the many and disparate forces at work in the racing industry.

“While there are many racing related issues that will continue to be worked on after my departure, I believe we are moving in the right direction for horsemen and women in North America.” stated Phil Hanrahan. “It has been my pleasure to work with the leadership of the NHBPA and the Affiliates. They are horsemen and women dedicated to the welfare of the horse and the integrity of the sport of horseracing. I wish all the members of the HBPA great success in their future racing endeavors.”

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The Interactive, Electronic Edition of The Horsemen's Journal Winter 2014 Issue is Now Available

The interactive, electronic version of The Horsemen's Journal's Winter 2014 issue is now available online. It is an enhanced version of our Winter 2014 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:

  • Double Take - Ramseys, Maker and Zito produce repeat performances in the $1 million Claiming Crown at Gulfstream Park
  • A First Step Toward a Long-Needed Solution - Immigration, executive action and how it affects horsemen
  • Something in the Air - Study finds particulates in stable air can cause airway inflammation and affect performance
  • Standing Guard - The Racing Officials Accreditation Program prepares those who regulate the sport
  • Clenbuterol: The Myth vs. The Facts - A look at clenbuterol and its therapeutic effect on horses

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.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Thoroughbred Charities of America Auction Underway

The 25th annual Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) Stallion Season Auction began today at 9 a.m. and offers a wide variety of seasons, trips, tickets, unique experiences and other auction items. The six-day fundraiser consists of an online and telephone auction and culminates with a live Select Stallion Season Auction on Saturday, January 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Keeneland Entertainment Center in Lexington, Ky.

The majority of TCA’s seasons will be offered and sold during the online and telephone auction. Online bidding will continue through Friday, January 9 at 5 p.m. EST. Telephone bids will be accepted on Friday, January 9 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. EST. More than 200 seasons representing stallions in 11 states and Canada are available in the auction. A link to the list of seasons and bidder registration is available by visiting www.tca.org.

Fifteen seasons and all non-season items will be sold in the live Select Season Auction on Saturday, January 10. Bidders or their authorized agents may bid on the select seasons by attending the live auction in-person or they may bid on the select seasons during the online and telephone phase with the highest bidders earning the right to bid by phone during the live auction. For bidders that cannot attend the live auction but are interested in non-season items, absentee bidding is available.

The Select Season Auction will offer the following seasons:
Into Mischief
Kitten’s Joy
Malibu Moon
Medaglia d’Oro (offered with a free return to the stallion in 2016 should a live foal not be produced)
Pioneerof the Nile
Quality Road
Speightstown
Trappe Shot
Tiznow
Warrior’s Reward
Will Take Charge
Blame
Bodemeister
Congrats
Distorted Humor
All seasons will be sold on a no guarantee basis unless otherwise noted.

The following non-season items will be available for bidding in the live auction:
African Safari
Two-Day High Performance Driving Course at the Porsche Sport Driving School
John Deere CX 4x2 Gator
Triple Crown Ticket Package
Equine Air Transportation
Two Tickets to the Final Four in Indianapolis
Two-Year Lease on a 2015 Dodge Ram Truck
Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II Timepiece
Ultimate Eclipse Awards Weekend with Private Jet Transportation
HorsePower Sports Package Including Breeders’ Cup, NASCAR and Indy 500 Tickets
An Exceptional Weekend for Four in Wine Country

The Select Season Auction will celebrate 25 years of TCA and be hosted by Tom Durkin featuring music by Arthur Hancock and Friends. Graham and Anita Motion and CANTER USA will be honored with TCA’s annual Allaire du Pont Leadership and Industry Service awards. Tickets are still available may be purchased by visiting www.tca.org.

TCA Stallion Season Auction sponsors include Brushwood Stable, Rosenberg Thoroughbred Consulting, Lael Stable, Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, PBI Bank, Candyland Farm, John Deere, Bourbon Lane Stable, Stoll Keenon Ogden, L.V. Harkness, Starquine.com, Fasig-Tipton, Keeneland, Flair Equine Nasal Strips, Thoroughbred Daily News and Blood-Horse Publications.

TCA was formed in 1990 to raise and distribute funds for charities in the Thoroughbred industry which provide a better life for Thoroughbreds both during and after their racing careers by supporting retirement, rescue, research and by helping the people who work with them. Over the last 24 years TCA has distributed over $20 million in grants to more than 200 Thoroughbred-related organizations. TCA is the charitable arm of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA).