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
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