Kiaran McLaughlin spent 10 years training racehorses for the Maktoum family in Dubai, where horses cannot be given any medications within seven days of a race. The trainer referred to the ability to run horses without Lasix or other race-day medications as “eye-opening” in an interview at thoroughbredracing.com.
“There is no Lasix worldwide, and I feel that we should be able to be without it in America,” said McLaughlin. “I think if you could go major league racing, with no Lasix, and minor league racing, with Lasix, might be a great answer to it, but I think people in America, for the most part, feel they can't race without it.”
Currently, McLaughlin trains for both Shadwell Stable and Godolphin Stable. Both have been outspoken in their aversion to Lasix, and the trainer makes every effort to not run their horses on the drug in North America, at least until the horse shows him it is necessary. “I think both parties would love to see someday no Lasix,” McLaughlin said, “because the rest of the world has no Lasix, but while there is Lasix, our horses are allowed to run on Lasix.”
Read more of the interview at thoroughbredracing.com.
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