No Lasix? No Problem For McPeek And VanMeter Under Oaklawn Bonus Program

by | 03.02.2018 | 2:57pm
Trainer Ken McPeek

Trainer Kenny McPeek recorded his record fifth victory since Oaklawn's “Lasix-free Bonus Program” was implemented in 2015 in Thursday's first race with Brockton George, who was making his first career start without the legal anti-bleeder medication, also known as furosemide.

Brockton George, racing for the ninth time, also represented a record sixth Lasix-free victory at the meeting, and 20th overall. Oaklawn had five Lasix-free victories in 2015, four in 2016 and five last year, according to data released by the track.

Four of McPeek's Lasix-free victories have come this year. He said last month that he was taking horses off Lasix in order to chase the bonus (10 percent of the winner's share of the purse). Brockton George earned an additional $1,500 from an adjusted purse of $26,500. The mile race was for conditioned $20,000 claimers.

Another one of McPeek's Lasix-free winners at the meet, Blueridge Traveler, returned to win the $100,000 Maxxam Gold Cup Stakes last Saturday at Sam Houston without running on anti-bleeder medication.

Oaklawn has awarded $52,080 in bonus money under the Lasix-free program, with McPeek totaling $15,480 this year.

Trainer Will VanMeter has four victories under the Lasix-free program.

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