Report: CHRB Delays Decision On Third-Party Lasix Administration

by | 08.21.2015 | 8:48am
Lasix (Furosemide, Salix)

At its meeting held Thursday at Del Mar, the California Horse Racing Board postponed making any decision on third-party administration of Lasix, or furosemide, instead deciding to send the proposal back to committe for further review.

According to a report in the Blood-Horse, the CHRB's decision likely delays any decision on the matter until sometime next year.

The proposal was opposed by representatives of the California Thoroughbred Trainers, in addition to the many veterinarians who were in attendance at the meeting. Both groups oppose third-party administration of Lasix, citing potential mistakes by third-party vets being unfamiliar with horses they'd be administering to.

However, Dr. Rick Arthur, the CHRB's equine medical director, defended the proposal and called the proceedings “an embarrassment.”

“This is a process that's been going on for three years,” Arthur said. “Frankly, I think this is an embarrassment to California, this board, and this industry that you can't get something as simple as this implemented, as they have in other states … This has already been before the board, you've already approved it, and it's been out (for public comment) for 45 days. Then they throw all these other issues up that gets everybody confused about what the real issues are.”

Read more in the Blood-Horse

  • Racing Fan

    Good. Another reason not to race in California.

    • bugweed

      Oh come on, you can’t find a jurisdiction that doesn’t have an incompetent horse racing commission, and a cast of clowns in the barns with needles in their water buckets. Who is clean? By thinking this is only a California, or Florida, or Pennsylvania problem, we contribute to the slow wasting disease this industry suffers from. A Triple Crown Champion does not cure this cancer. Action can, but where is the will to take it?

  • Gary S. Broad

    I agree with Dr. Arthur, this is an embarrassment!

  • Exactly why we need USADA to oversee all of this sort of thing.

    • ben van den brink

      Not only the USADA I,am afraid. It should be best if the BC would take the dates from Santa Anita.

      I suppose that the TOC took actions, together with some vet,s as the vet,s are losing income when there is third party administration. The NAARV is such an organization.

      • bugweed

        And give those dates to? We either clean up racing at the federal level or slowly die. It’s that simple.

  • Naprovnik Naprovnik

    Looks like the don’t touch my needles crowd won another battle. Too bad.

  • SteveG

    Obstructionists At Work. Fallen integrity zone. Betting detour advised.

  • Jerry

    DR ARTHUR CALLS HIS EMPLOYERS AN “EMBARRASSMENT” WHICH IS TOTALLY ACCURATE AND I WONDER WHY IT TOOK HIM SO LONG TO REALIZE THAT!!

    SEEMS LIKE THE CHEATERS CONTROL THE CHRB BOARD BUT THAT IS NOT SURPRISING TO ANYONE WHO FOLLOWS CA HORSERACING!

    LET’S GET THE USADA IN AND CLEAN HOUSE BECAUSE THAT WILL ALSO ELIMINATE THE CHRB AND THE CLOWNS AT THE TOC!

  • Charles Smith

    The state of California has no problem appointing active licensees to the CHRB, a conflict of interest in waiting if I ever head of one, now when a nickels worth of will is needed, the board checks it’s collective courage at the door to the meeting room and does nothing.

    I’ve heard a saying, ‘there’s no bureaucracy like a law enforcement bureaucracy’, but these timid, so called regulators of the sport in California take the cake.

  • Charles Smith

    USADA, save us.

  • Charles Smith

    Not a peep of dissent from a single member, not even from the only one with authentic racetrack credentials.

  • Alex

    Thank you for the link. The audio of the California Horse Racing Board CHRB was very revealing. Just what one often expects front a government operation. A number of the CHRB members were far from up to speed in many areas. A number of the CHRB members knew absolutely nothing to the fact that the RMTC has approved private practice veterinarians supervised by commission employees as consistent with the goals of third party administration of lasix. Much of this had been both filed with and presented to the CHRB by private practice veterinarians including Dr. Dr. Don Shields and others well over a year ago, however many on the CHRB amazing knew nothing about it.
    The CHRB’s star regulatory veterinarian Dr. Rick Arthur came off befuddled and incompetent.

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