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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.

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.