Gaines Trainees Scratched: ‘Hectic Morning’ Translated To ‘Mistake’ In Race-Day Medication

by | 01.11.2019 | 9:57pm
Carla Gaines and dog "Louie"

A trio of horses from the barn of Carla Gaines were scratched from their respective races by the Santa Anita stewards on Friday, according to the trainer, because each had been administered a medication called Gastroguard that morning. No medications other than furosemide are allowed on race day.

According to Gaines' Twitter account, the ulcer treatment/preventative was administered by accident when a busy morning of breezing horses had her barn foreman distracted.

“My top priority is quality care for the horse,” Gaines wrote on Twitter. “As a regular morning practice, we give Gastroguard, a preventative ulcer medication. At 5am today, my Foreman administered Gastroguard to all of our horses in the barn, mistakenly incl. the 3 runners. Thus the need to scratch them.

“It was a hectic morning as we were breezing most of the barn to beat the pending rainstorm, and of course three entered for the afternoon. My sincerest of apologies to our owners and the horseplayers.”

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