No change in Breeders’ Cup Lasix policy … yet
The Breeders’ Cup board of directors met at Gulfstream Park Friday morning and discussed its previously approved policy to ban race-day medication, namely the anti-bleeding diuretic Lasix, for all races at the 2013 championships at Santa Anita Park Nov. 1-2.
But an anticipated up-or-down vote on the policy or modifications to it apparently did not take place.
The Lasix policy was approved by the board in July 2011, phasing out race-day medication over two years. Five Juvenile races were run without the drug in 2012 and all Breeders’ Cup races were to be run under those conditions this year. The policy was criticized by some trainers and owners after several 2-year-olds reportedly bled following endoscopic examination after their Breeders’ Cup races last year.
Following the meeting, a spokesman for Breeders’ Cup issued this rather bland comment: “The Breeders’ Cup Board of Directors met today and discussed a number of policy and organizational issues. The meeting will be re-convened at a later date.”
In addition to the Lasix policy, which several board members have said they want to modify or abandon, the board reportedly is considering eliminating two of the 15 races. Steven Crist, writing in Daily Racing Form, said the Dirt Mile and Juvenile Sprint added since the event expanded to two days in 2007 – may be dropped.