Horseplayers Corner: Lasix and the Breeders’ Cup

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Under pressure from horsemen whose consent is required for simulcast agreements, the Breeders’ Cup has backed off its plan to phase out the use of Lasix in its championship races. Not only that, but the current limited ban on Lasix for juvenile events will be lifted in 2014 after the Thoroughbred Owners of California sent a letter to Breeders’ Cup saying “California is not interested in hosting the 2014 Breeders’ Cup if Lasix is not allowed for all races.”

There’s already been harsh criticism from Europe over the decision – it remains to be seen how the retreat might affect European participation this year and next.

From a betting perspective, how do you approach the issue of Lasix at the Breeders’ Cup? Would you prefer that all horses race without it, even though they can race with it the rest of the year? How does the use of Lasix affect the way you handicap the Breeders’ Cup, particularly when it comes to European horses? How did things change last year when juveniles were not allowed to run on it?

Please join the conversation at the Paulick Report’s Horseplayers Corner and let industry leaders know how you feel on this subject.

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