The Toronto Star reported Thursday that the Ontario Racing Commission is urging its members to support the ban of all race-day medications except Lasix by 2015.
The suggested guidelines would bring the province in line with several U.S. states, where proponents are trying to get governments on the same page as far as what is permissible on race day.
Response from the Ontario industry has so far been positive, although the Star noted owner/breeder Frank Stronach's beliefs that Lasix should also be eliminated. Stronach's Adena Springs Farm has a sizable operation in the province.
Dr. Adam Chambers, manager of veterinary services for the Ontario Racing Commission, said that most of the drugs affected by the new proposal are simply therapeutic, but that the betting and general public will be more likely to trust the sport if they understand the animals are not being over-medicated.
Read more at the Toronto Star
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