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Monday, July 20, 2015

TOBA to Hold Educational Events and Members Meeting in Saratoga Springs

The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association is holding two educational events, as well as its annual Members Meeting, in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. the second week of August.

August 9-10: Pedigree & Conformation Clinic
Pedigree discussions include general theory, such as in-breeding, out-crossing and nicking as well as overall conformational factors. The clinic identifies common conformation faults and includes live conformation workshops of both Fasig-Tipton sales yearlings and horses in training. New features of this annual clinic are discussions on stride analysis, sales catalogue analysis and morning workouts, as well as an afternoon watching live racing at Saratoga Race Course. Speakers include Edwin Anthony, Carrie Brogden, Bob Feld, Sean Feld, Jay Kilgore, Tim Leith, Jason Litt, Tom McGreevy, Reid McLellan, Dan Metzger, Tom Morley and Mark Taylor.

August 12-13: Thoroughbred Ownership Seminar
This seminar features the owner/trainer relationship, options for acquiring horses, business topics, online resources, retirement and more. Attendees will also enjoy an afternoon of racing at Saratoga Race Course. New components to this annual seminar are the jockey and jockey’s agent panel, shoeing the racehorse, conformation and appraisal of sale horses and a tour of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. Speakers include Ron Anderson, Jeffrey Cannizzo, Erin Crady, Ramón Dominguez, Jeremiah Englehart, Donna Freyer, Jamie Hill, Allen Katz, Bruce Levine, Robb Levinsky, Michael Levy, Mike Ryan, Anna Seitz and Carrie Asalon.

Wednesday, August 12: TOBA Members Meeting at Courtyard by Marriott
TOBA members wanting to become more informed about TOBA’s work in the Thoroughbred industry are welcome and encouraged to attend the open Members Meeting at 8:30 a.m. (EDT) at the Courtyard by Marriott. No RSVP is necessary.

The 2015 schedule and registration are available at www.toba.org. TOBA members receive a discounted rate for each clinic and non-members can join TOBA today to take advantage of the discount.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

NHBPA Statement on Introduction of Barr/Tonko Bill H.R. 3084

In a statement released to address the “Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act of 2015” made by Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY) and Congressman Andy Barr on July 16, 2015, the National HBPA voices strong opposition to this proposed bill. The National HBPA represents the largest group of horsemen within North America among its 30 affiliates. Each of the horsemen’s groups are strong supporters of national uniformity in medication policies, and we all are aware of the significant progress made toward adopting uniformity. In the last year and a half alone our industry has seen an increase in racing states adoption of Controlled Therapeutic Substances utilization to include 70% of the nation’s pari-mutuel handle.  However, we are opposed to any form of legislation that interferes with the Interstate Horseracing Act of 1978 (IHA). We plan to review and analyze the bill in order to understand the bill in its entirety. At that time we will be prepared to issue further statements to ensure we stand for, and protect, the rights empowered to all horsemen by the IHA.

2015 Claiming Crown Set for December 5 at Gulfstream Park

Gulfstream Park announced today it will kick off its 2015-16 Championship Meet Saturday, Dec. 5 with the 17th running of the $1.1 million Claiming Crown.

It will mark the fourth consecutive year the Claiming Crown has been contested at Gulfstream Park. Last year's Claiming Crown, which had total handle of more than $10 million, featured eight races. This year's Claiming Crown will feature a ninth race - a 5-furlong turf sprint for fillies and mares with a purse of $110,000. The feature event will again be the $200,000 Jewel, won last year by the 17-1 longshot Catholic Cowboy.

Created in 1999 to honor the blue-collar horses that are the foundation of the racing industry nationwide, the Claiming Crown historically has drawn entries from all parts of North America and from many of the country's leading stables.

The Claiming Crown is a joint venture between the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA) and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA). The Claiming Crown was created to be the claiming horse owner’s Breeders’ Cup; a special racing event, created for the “average owner,” and featuring some of the most competitive horses in the country. The Claiming Crown has been held annually since 1999.

"We're looking forward to playing host to the Claiming Crown once again and kicking off our Championship Meet with this great event," said Gulfstream General Manager and The Stronach Group's Vice President of Racing P.J. Campo. "Support for the Claiming Crown from horsemen around North America has been incredible the past three years, and we're already getting calls about this year's event. We're also looking forward to working with our partners at TOBA and the HBPA to put on another great show."

Dan Metzger, president of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, said: "We’re very excited about returning to Gulfstream Park for the fourth consecutive year. The Claiming Crown races averaged nearly 12 starters in the previous three years at Gulfstream and with $1.1 million in purses and the new filly and mare turf sprint, the 2015 event promises another great start to the Championship Meet at Gulfstream Park.”

“The National HBPA is extremely pleased that once again we can look forward to the Claiming Crown being held at Gulfstream Park," said Eric J. Hamelback, CEO of the National HBPA. "We owe our sincere gratitude to the Florida HBPA and the racing management at Gulfstream Park for having an even stronger commitment in 2015, to ensure this event is a highlight comparable to many of racing’s premier days. Being able to partner with Gulfstream Park and TOBA for this premier event ensures that these races will provide a wonderful opportunity for many owners and trainers throughout the country."

Monday, July 13, 2015

Trainer Gary Contessa Debuts Educational YouTube Channel

Trainer Gary Contessa
(edited news release)
Anyone who’s met Gary Contessa realizes quickly that the respected New York-based Thoroughbred Trainer is passionate about horses and the sport of racing them. His raw enthusiasm is infectious: to hear the man talk about horses is to become entranced.

Contessa loves horses and horse racing, but he has a drive for education, as well. He has observed rightly that one of the reasons why horse racing isn’t growing by leaps and bounds is that the sport is very complicated. It’s complicated, and a uniform network of formal education for the public isn’t in place. Both long-time race fans and potential fans should have easy access to information about everything from the conformation of a horse to discussions of pedigree, wagering, care and how to buy at auction. And it should be fun.

This goal of educating the public was the driving force for the creation of Gary Contessa TeleVision—GCTV on YouTube. The YouTube channel was launched on June 19 and can be accessed by clicking here.

Contessa is believed to be the first Thoroughbred trainer to create a YouTube channel as a means of educating the racing public and helping them to grow both their range of knowledge and their passion for the horses and the sport.

“I’m ready to go: this is a great way to share this business and my experiences in it with everyone,” effused Contessa, “we’ll be creating videos all during the Saratoga meet, and into Belmont fall.”

Thursday, July 9, 2015

National HBPA Foundation Assists Injured Jockey Alyssa Selman

The National HBPA Foundation will be joining many others in providing assistance to jockey Alyssa Selman. Our support will go toward a fund set up to assist Alyssa and her family with medical bills following her racing accident. The incident occurred on June 27 at Assiniboia Downs in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The Manitoba HBPA will facilitate Alyssa receiving the National HBPA’s well wishes and support. Please contact the Manitoba HBPA or The National HBPA office for further information on needs and support.

Alyssa, 29, is married and has two children. She underwent surgery for damage to her spinal cord and fractured vertebrae, shortly following the accident. Her injuries occurred when she was thrown from her mount after her horse stumbled. Alyssa’s mount clipped heels with another horse on the track which caused her mount to lose footing. Her doctors currently are unable to report if she will fully recover. At this point doctors are concerned about Alyssa’s ability to walk normally after her recovery, but they have not ruled out that possibility.

“The indication from her family is that the surgery was deemed successful,” the track said on its website. “However, the road to recovery will be lengthy. The finality of her back injury cannot be stated at this time.”

Assiniboia Downs will be hosting a fundraiser for Selman on July 19, and donations are also being accepted online. For more information, go to www.assiniboiadowns.com.

“I know I speak for all horsemen in saying that Alyssa is in our thoughts and that we are hoping for a full recovery,” said Robin Richards, president and chairperson of the board for the National HBPA.

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, equineline.com, Big Dee’s Tack & Vet Supplies, Finish Line Horse Products, Horseman Labor Solutions and Omega Alpha Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Less Than One Month Until 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.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit VI Available via Live Video Stream

The sixth Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit, scheduled for Wednesday, July 8, will be streamed live in its entirety at grayson-jockeyclub.org/WelfareSafety/default.asp?section=48. (A link to the live stream will be available at jockeyclub.com.)

The summit, underwritten and organized by The Jockey Club and Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, is being hosted by Keeneland Association in the Keeneland sales pavilion in Lexington, Ky. It is free and open to the public.

The summit is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. EDT on Wednesday and conclude at 5:00 p.m. EDT. The complete agenda for the summit is available at grayson-jockeyclub.org/WelfareSafety/default.asp?section=48.

The summit will feature participation from industry leaders including Dr. Larry Bramlage; equine medical directors Dr. Rick Arthur, Dr. Scott Palmer and Dr. Mary Scollay; Dr. Tim Parkin, an equine epidemiologist from the University of Glasgow and a consultant to the Equine Injury Database; and Dr. Mick Peterson, executive director, Racing Surfaces Testing Laboratory.

Among the topics to be covered are racetrack surfaces, the equine and jockey injury databases, continuing education, and post-mortem programs.

The event will be emceed by Donna Barton Brothers.

Among the initiatives that trace their roots to the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit are the Equine Injury Database, the Jockey Injury Database, the Racing Surfaces Testing Laboratory, a uniform trainer test and study guide, and the annual publication of durability statistics by stallion.

Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation is traditionally the nation’s leading source of private funding for equine medical research that benefits all breeds of horses. Since 1983, the foundation has provided more than $22 million to fund 322 projects at 41 universities in North America and overseas. Additional information about the foundation and the summit is available at grayson-jockeyclub.org.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Jim Rome to Deliver Keynote Address at Thoroughbred Owner Conference

Jim Rome - Photo courtesy Breeders' Cup
Jim Rome, a prominent Thoroughbred owner and the host of “The Jim Rome Show” on CBS Sports Radio and “Jim Rome On Showtime,” will deliver the keynote address when OwnerView, The Jockey Club, and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association host the second Thoroughbred Owner Conference in Hallandale Beach, Fla., in January 2016.

The conference will be held at Gulfstream Park from January 11 – 14 during the week leading up to the 45th Annual Eclipse Awards Dinner, which is scheduled for Saturday, January 16, 2016.

OwnerView is a joint effort spearheaded by The Jockey Club and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association to encourage ownership of Thoroughbreds and provide accurate information on trainers, public racing syndicates, the process of purchasing and owning a Thoroughbred, racehorse retirement, and owner licensing.

Rome has experienced significant success campaigning horses under the name of Jungle Racing LLC. Mizdirection was a two-time Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint champion and earned more than $1.7 million. Shared Belief, the Eclipse Award-winning champion 2-year-old, has won five Grade I events and 10 of 12 races overall, including the Santa Anita Handicap, and is currently ranked behind only Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in the weekly NTRA National Thoroughbred Poll.

“We are honored to host a conference that will build on the success of the inaugural event last year,” said Mike Rogers, president of The Stronach Group’s Racing and Gaming Division. “This is an event that is both educational and enjoyable for new and long-time owners, and we are proud to host it for the first time in the days leading up to the Eclipse Award dinner.”

Attendees at the owner conference will enjoy two days of conference presentations, a welcome reception at Gulfstream Park’s paddock, a gala dinner at Turnberry Isle Resort, a day of racing, and multiple opportunities to network with panelists and industry personnel alike.

“The inaugural Thoroughbred Owner Conference proved to be a hit with experienced owners as well as those who were considering delving into Thoroughbred ownership,” said Gary Falter, vice president of operations for Ownerview. “Jim Rome’s passion for the racing industry as an owner and fan make him an ideal keynote speaker, one who can vividly describe the thrill of owning a Thoroughbred racehorse.”

Gary Player, a legend in the golfing world and a long-time owner, breeder and advocate of Thoroughbred aftercare, delivered the keynote address at last year’s conference.

Conference details, including the schedule of events, online registration, host hotel information, other tourism tips, are available at ownerview.com.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Canterbury Park, Minnesota HBPA Working to Attract Triple Crown Winner American Pharoah

Canterbury Park and Minnesota Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association officials announced today that the Mystic Lake Derby would offer a $2 million purse should the owners of American Pharoah, winner of the Triple Crown, agree to race at the Shakopee, Minn. racetrack. The race would take place on Sunday, Aug. 30, at 1 1/8 miles on the main track.

“Canterbury’s partnership with the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community has revived racing in Minnesota and allows us to make a proposal that could attract the greatest horse in the last four decades to our racetrack,” Randy Sampson, Canterbury Park President and CEO said. “Our intent is to make the Mystic Lake Derby a major race. Attracting American Pharoah to Canterbury would certainly do that. We and our horsemen owe it to our loyal race fans to at least extend this offer to the connections of the Triple Crown winner.”

In 2012, Canterbury Park and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, owners and operators of Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, entered into a joint purse enhancement and marketing agreement that contributes $75 million to horseman purses over the 10-year span of the agreement.

“The 37-year drought has ended and we have a Triple Crown winner. This is a tremendous opportunity for the racing industry and this change to the Mystic Lake Derby puts Canterbury Park into the national racing conversation,” said Eric Halstrom, Vice President of Racing.

The Mystic Lake Derby, already offering the largest purse of Canterbury’s 70-day season at $200,000, was originally scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 29, at one mile on the turf. Should Zayat Stables and trainer Bob Baffert agree to bring American Pharoah to Canterbury for this race, it would be the richest race in the history of the track and the largest purse offered this summer in North American racing.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

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

The interactive, electronic version of The Horsemen's Journal's Summer 2015 issue is now available online. It is an enhanced version of our Summer 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:
  • WAKING UP THE MORNING GLORY - What makes some horses train well but race poorly?
  • COLD SALTWATER SPA FOR HORSES - A new spin on a long-used process
  • CARING FOR THOSE WHO CARE FOR HORSES Thanks to a winning partnership, University of Louisville nurses provide quality care for backside workers in Kentucky
  • THYROID HORMONE SUPPLEMENTATION: PERFORMANCE-ENABLING OR PERFORMANCE-ENHANCING? - An examination of what thyroxine does and does not do
  • WHEN THINGS DON’T ADD UP - A handicapper shares his view of racing’s “drug” problem
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, June 8, 2015

Florida HBPA Highlights American Pharoah’s Connection to the Sunshine State

American Pharaoh, who on June 5 became the first horse to win Thoroughbred racing’s coveted and illusive Triple Crown in 37 years, spent his early training time at Florida’s McKathan Brothers Training Center near Ocala, Florida, it was noted by the Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (FHBPA) after the colt’s acclaimed victory in the 148th running of the Belmont Stakes this weekend.

“This is proof positive of the global impact and reach of Florida’s prestigious and economically beneficial horse racing industry,” FHBPA President Bill White said of the historic accomplishment. “The cheering throngs packing the Belmont Park stands in New York should underscore to each and every Florida policymaker the monumental importance of what real horse racing is all about.”

American Pharaoh became the 12th Thoroughbred in all of American history to win the Triple Crown–an annual series of top Thoroughbred races consisting of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes.

Daily Racing Form reported earlier this year that, before the star colt arrived in trainer Bob Baffert’s barn in 2014, Thoroughbred horse racing professionals in Florida gave the future Triple Crown winner his earliest care and most basic lessons and were among the first to see that glimmer of promise.

“He always made good grades,” said J.B. McKathan, who with his brother Kevin broke American Pharoah at their training center near Ocala. “He’s like the quarterback.”

The FHBPA represents over 6,000 Thoroughbred racehorse owners and trainers who do business in Florida.

Friday, June 5, 2015

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

Welcome to the final 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 for the Belmont Stakes in which American Pharoah will make a run at history and the Triple Crown.

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 Belmont Stakes (G1) * Belmont Park * 6/6 * Approx. Post Time 6:50 pm ET

Belmont Stakes: Full Odds, Preview and Predictions (Bleacher Report)

Favored American Pharoah Draws Post 5 in Belmont Stakes (USA Today)

Belmont Stakes Betting Horse-by-Horse Preview and Picks (Covers.com)

With Triple Crown Possible, Belmont Can Expect Big Draw (NY Times)

Espinoza Not Worried About Belmont Defeats (Louisville Courier-Journal)

Free Belmont Stakes Past Performances (Louisville Courier-Journal)

Belmont Stakes: 10 Betting Tips from a Handicapping Expert (Bleacher Report)

Handicapping the Belmont Stakes (Boston Globe)

That Handicapping Show: Belmont Stakes (Blood-Horse)

Will American Pharoah Win the Belmont? Don’t Bet On It (Slate.com)

Eight Things to Know Before You Bet the Belmont Stakes (MarketWatch.com)

How to Bet the Belmont: Handicapping the Contenders (Forbes.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

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Florida Governor Rick Scott Signs Race-Day Medication Law; State Takes Step Toward National Uniformity

(from Florida HBPA website)Florida Governor Rick Scott signed HB 239 relating to Medication and Testing of Racing Animals on June 2. Effective July 1, 2015, the bill will dramatically change Chapter 550.2415, Florida Statutes, which has governed the use of Florida Thoroughbred race-day medication for more than 25 years.

The product of strong advocacy by the Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, Florida Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association, the Florida Quarter Horse Racing Association and The Jockey Club, a national Thoroughbred racing governance organization, HB 239 requires the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering to adopt rules regarding the use and allowed levels of medications, drugs, and naturally occurring substances in racing animals, as listed by the Association of Racing Commissioners International.

“Indeed, Florida was known throughout the horse racing industry as ‘the obstructionist state’ in the efforts toward national uniformity,” explained FHBPA Executive Director Kent Stirling, a Board member of the Racing and Medication Testing Consortium and a national authority on race-day medication who has testified on the issue before Congress. “The fact is that any change required an act of the Legislature. Even though pari-mutuel issues are notoriously contentious in Florida, this is one area where everyone agreed.”

“The consensus on HB 239 represents the interests of nearly 10,000 Thoroughbred and American Quarter Horse owners, trainers and racehorse breeders who conduct business in Florida. It’s an timely statement on the importance of professional horsemen’s associations in the legislative, regulatory and racing operations process,” said FHBPA President Bill White. “We are sincerely appreciative to State Representatives Heather Fitzhagen and Charlie Stone, as well as their Senate colleagues Jack Latvala and Eleanor Sobel for their forward thinking in protecting our valuable racing animals.”

To read a legislative summary of HB 239, click here.

For a horsemen’s explanation of the bill’s provisions, click here.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Statement by National HBPA on Thoroughbred Horse Anti-Doping Act of 2015

The National HBPA, on behalf of its affiliates and 30,000 members, would like to address the announcement made by Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY) on May 29. We are the largest horsemen’s group in North America, and we have long been supporters of national uniformity in medication policies. However, we are opposed to any legislation that interferes with the Interstate Horseracing Act of 1978 (IHA).

The announcement by Rep. Tonko says this proposed legislation “does not eliminate or modify any of the consents, agreements or approvals required” with respect to the Interstate Horseracing Act of 1978. However, the release also goes on to say that the new governing body, THADO, will have control of “the privilege to accept, receive or transmit wagers on Covered Horseraces.” It is well understood that horsemen groups, in a working relationship with racetracks, have a veto right by law under the IHA to designate who transmits a signal from a given racetrack. We will look to Congressman Tonko for clarification of this announcement, as this seems to contradict itself with regards to current law within the IHA.

With that said, all horsemen represented by the National HBPA, along with others within the racing industry, will come together to ensure the industry’s largest group is heard in Washington. This announcement by Congressman Tonko (D-NY) and his proposed legislation do not have the support of the racing industry’s majority voice, the horsemen.

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.