Edited Press Release

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 […]

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Breeders’ Cup revisiting 2013 Lasix ban

I wrote last November that the Breeders’ Cup was at a “gut-check moment” in its history because of a 2011 decision to phase out furosemide, better known as Lasix, as a permitted race-day medication during its annual championships. The diuretic used to treat exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage was banned for the five Breeders’ Cup races for […]

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‘Grand old man’ Storm Cat helps raise YMCA funds

Anyone who has seen my sculpted body (well, sculpted like a manatee) probably thinks I employ a personal trainer or spend hours upon hours at the local gym each week. Truth is, I’m a proud member of the YMCA, and have been for many years. (I know … I should use my membership more often.) […]

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The Breeders’ Cup Forum: Past, Present and Kentucky Derby Future Wager

It would be hard to find anyone with as much passion for the Kentucky Derby as John Asher, the vice president of racing communications for Churchill Downs. Before joining the Louisville, Ky., racetrack’s publicity department in 1997, Asher won five Eclipse Awards for outstanding radio coverage of Thoroughbred racing on WHAS and WAVE and numerous […]

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Maker’s apology hits the Mark

I hope horse racing executives have been paying attention to what’s transpired with the Maker’s Mark bourbon company this past week. It could be a lesson for them. It should be a lesson for all of us when we make mistakes or decisions that turn out to be wrong. Maker’s Mark said it was going […]

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Gulfstream’s Rainbow 6: Thing of beauty or sucker bet?

Some love it, some hate it, but a lot of people are talking about the Rainbow Pick 6, Gulfstream Park’s jackpot bet that is horse racing’s best answer to the life-changing payoffs we hear about so often in multi-state lotteries like Powerball or Mega Millions. The jackpot pool is just short of $3 million for […]

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Davis, Shanyfelt get the boot at Charles Town

His six-month suspension for multiple clenbuterol violations is coming to an end this week, but Scooter Davis no longer is welcome to train or race horses at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town races in West Virginia. Neither is Douglas Shanyfelt, who took over the training of some of the horses that were in Davis’ stable […]

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Keeneland, gaming company move to buy harness track license

The Keeneland Association and Full House Resorts, a Las Vegas-based gaming company, have filed a letter of intent with the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission to purchase the racing license of Thunder Ridge Raceway, a small harness-racing track in the Eastern Kentucky town of Prestonsburg that has struggled financially. The purchase would be contingent on judicial […]

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Two years for Nebraska frog juicer Veerhusen

Owner-trainer Kim Veerhusen has been suspended two years and fined $1,000 by the Nebraska State Racing Commission after one of his horses tested positive for dermorphin, the highly potent painkiller also known as frog juice. The drug was detected by Truesdail Laboratories in the horse Cheatin Cowboy, who finished second in a July 15, 2012, […]

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