Whitney contender Endorsement: ‘The true cost of giving up Lasix’
Saturday’s Whitney Handicap (gr. I) is set to be one of the highlights of the 2012 Saratoga race meeting. A strong field of nine, led by the Bill Mott-trained tandem of Ron the Greek and Flat Out will go to the post.
Trainer Eoin Harty will saddle Endorsement, winner of the Texas Mile (gr. III) in April. The 5-year-old son of Distorted Humor has overcome quite a bit during his career, which has been limited due to a non-displaced condylar fracture in his right foreleg that occurred the week before the 2010 Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
One possible obstacle that Endorsement may have to overcome in the Whitney is that he will be the only horse in the field that will not be running on Lasix. Owner Bill Casner is one of several owners in the industry that have pledged not to let their 2-year-olds run on the diuretic starting this fall.
Since he has returned to the races from his injury, Endorsement has not run on Lasix. He has made six starts, and notched two victories, two seconds, and a third.
At the ThoroEdge Equine Performance website, they discuss exactly what Endorsement will be giving up without the use of Lasix…in particular, how much ‘heavier’ Endorsement will be than his rivals.