Gorajec Calls HBPA ‘Public Letter’ On Lasix ‘Tone Deaf,’ Says Race-Day Ban Inevitable

by | 09.30.2019 | 11:11am

Former Indiana horse racing regulator Joe Gorajec criticizes the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association as being “tone deaf” for its recent “PUBLIC LETTER on Stance to NOT Eliminate the Choice to Administer Lasix on Raceday” distributed recently to the media and published at Paulick Report.

The NHBPA letter includes the statement research “proves” that, without Lasix, “an increased number of horses will bleed significantly out of their nostrils, or into in their lungs, and an increased number will die.”

Writing in his InsideRacingRegs blog, Gorajec says the HBPA is going back to the same “scare tactics” used earlier this year. “Memo to the HBPA: the public isn't stupid,” Gorajec writes.

The InsideRacingRegs is published at the Horse Racing Reform website of The Jockey Club and Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association – which support the Horse Racing Integrity Act, federal legislation that would establish national, non-governmental oversight of medication policy and enforcement for horse racing and eliminate race-day use of the diuretic Lasix, used to treat exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage.

“I believe that it is inevitable that the U.S. will ban the use of Lasix on race day.,” Gorajec writes. “That ban will either be imposed top down and universally at the same time (if the Horseracing Integrity Act becomes law), or it will happen organically one state at a time on a patchwork basis.”

Read more at InsideRacingRegs.

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