anti-bleeding medication

Gorajec: RCI’s Scare Tactics On Lasix Ban Disingenuous, Ill-Informed And Just Plain Shameful

I was incredulous. I couldn’t believe what I was reading. The Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI) had just issued a press release warning its member commissions that any attempt to ban the administration of race-day Lasix could lead to the inhumane practices of administering formaldehyde as a Lasix substitute and have horses denied feed […]

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No Lasix? No Problem For McPeek And VanMeter Under Oaklawn Bonus Program

Trainer Kenny McPeek recorded his record fifth victory since Oaklawn’s “Lasix-free Bonus Program” was implemented in 2015 in Thursday’s first race with Brockton George, who was making his first career start without the legal anti-bleeder medication, also known as furosemide. Brockton George, racing for the ninth time, also represented a record sixth Lasix-free victory at […]

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Herald-Leader: New KY Lasix rule under fire

Since a rule took effect on Oct. 5 allowing only state veterinarians to administer the anti-bleeding medication Lasix, four mistakes have occurred. The first mistake happened on the first day of the new rule, also the first day of Keeneland’s fall meet when a horse who was to run without Lasix was given a shot. […]

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Congressional hearing will be missing important viewpoints

Can the federal government make things better when it comes to the regulation of medication policies for horse racing? A better question might be: Can it get any worse? Plenty of people will answer “yes” to that second question, citing any number of U.S. government agencies that are increasingly under attack for being inefficient, bloated […]

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Novak: McLaughlin experiments with Salix-free juveniles

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin has quietly been experimenting with running two-year-olds without anti-bleeding medication, reports Claire Novak for ESPN.  Novak says four times during the Saratoga meet, McLaughlin-trained juveniles racing for the Darley and Shadwell Stables went postward without Salix (Lasix).  One of the two-year-olds – a Darley runner named Alpha – won: “There’s so much […]

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Pricci: A retired vet’s view of anti-bleeding meds

At Horse Race Insider, John Pricci shares the emailed viewpoints of Dr. Rod Cundy, a retired racing veterinarian from Canada.  Cundy practiced before Lasix came into use in the sport and well after such anti-bleeding medication became the norm.  In his first email, Dr. Rod Cundy explains why he is in favor of a ban: […]

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Rees: Breeders must do their part with bleeders

As various proposals for banning race day medication continue to be announced, turf writer Jennie Rees says one group that needs to step to the forefront is breeders: “The breeders can’t expect buyers to be the only ones to carry the financial burden if the horses they purchase turn out to be bleeders and can’t […]

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