Rees: Race-day Lasix ban devastating for Kentucky racing
In her blog at the Courier-Journal, Jennie Rees addresses the idea of Kentucky racing without race-day Lasix. The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission is planning to vote on this issue in a meeting today.
Rees says: “This is a game-changer for Kentucky racing, and not for the good. Rather, it would contribute in alarming fashion to the devastation of a circuit already on the ropes. You want to see a bloody corpse, that would be Kentucky racing if getting rid of the proven-effective anti-bleeder medication furosemide is banned on race day.”
“I don’t think I’m exaggerating.”
“Horses bleed, not just thoroughbreds. Lasix has been proven to prevent or reduce the incidence of bleeding. It is highly regulated. The bettors know who is on Lasix and who is not, because it is prominently noted in the program. It is a system that works when you’re talking about integrity and protecting the public.”