A horse in the 10th race at Churchill Downs had to be scratched after two state-employed veterinarians gave the horse two Lasix shots about 25 minutes apart. The horse's trainer, Michael Lauer, said that the horse's groom speaks little English and most of the barn crew was on the front side preparing to run three other horses, including one that ran during the time frame for Booby Prize to receive medication.
This is the third horse that has been involved in a Lasix mistake with one horse getting Lasix when it wasn't supposed to and the other not getting the medication. Stewards informed Lauer of the issue but he believed he could still run since the maximum dose for a horse is 10-cc and the horse received two 5-cc doses.
“They go, 'You're only allowed one shot,'” he told the Courier-Journal. “… It's 'sorry, Charley.'… They say, 'Well, your grooms don't speak English.' Maybe they ought to get a veterinarian who speaks Spanish.”
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