With the debate over banning race day medication heating up, Horse Race Insider John Pricci takes a closer look at the issue in a series of blog posts:
“In the modern era, no one has received a lifetime ban for drug infractions. If the American racing industry had a policy similar to MLB, scores of trainers might find themselves outside racetrack gates looking in.
The legalization of permissive medications happened a half century ago. An unsophisticated public thinks two things can happen and that both are bad: Either injuries occur because a horse's infirmities are being masked, or they're being hoodwinked out of their money.”
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