Crist: Lasix Ban Failed Due To Sensationalism, Lack Of Coherence
A recent editorial by Steven Crist in the Daily Racing Form outlined five reasons why the author believes the movement to completely ban Lasix in the Breeders’ Cup has failed. Ironically, Crist claims, proponents of the ban were the reasons for its failure, as they blurred the lines between administering an illegal drug with nefarious intentions and giving a legal, regulated medication, as well as their insistence that Lasix use was harming the sport’s popularity.
Additionally, he writes, the lack of support of the ban by “virtually any successful trainer”, and the hypocrisy of some proponents who still raced their own horses on Lasix failed to bring credibility to the argument. Finally, although the differences between American policies on Lasix and those in Europe are stark, Crist doesn’t believe that there was a clear illustration from anti-Lasix enthusiasts as to why these differences are bad.
“Whatever the reasons, the impetus to change Lasix policy has evaporated, but that should not mean the topic is permanently closed,” Crist concludes. “Perhaps the next time the issue rears its head – and it will – there can be a more constructive, civilized, and informed discussion.”
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