According to a report in the Daily Racing Form citing “three officials with knowledge of the discussions, Churchill Downs, the New York Racing Association and Keeneland are considering a two-pronged plan for the elimination of the race-day medication, Lasix.
Under the proposal, tracks owned by the three companies would ban Lasix for 2-year-old races in 2020 and then all stakes races at those tracks in 2021.
According to DRF, “the tracks are eager to counter the critical narratives buffeting the racing industry with an announcement that pushes back against the notion that the sport is too reliant on medication.”
DRF also notes that there could be pushback and possibly legal action from the Kentucky Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, which like other horsemen's groups across the country, has supported the use of Lasix to deal with Exercise-Induced Pulmonary Hemorrhage (EIPH), or bleeding in the lungs.
The Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes would fall under the second part of the plan as race-day Lasix would be eliminated for those races in 2021.
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