furosemide

Trainers Share Views On First Pegasus World Cup With No Race-Day Medication

For the first time in 2020, Saturday’s Pegasus World Cup Championship Invitational Series presented by Runhappy will be run free of race-day medications, heralding a new era in the sport of Thoroughbred racing in North America. The medication-free policy is consistent with the International Federation of Horse Racing Authorities (IFHA) standards. Two percent of the […]

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When It Comes To Lasix And Federal Legislation, Horse Racing Has Been Here Before

As a new year begins, some racing jurisdictions will begin considering or implementing a furosemide (Lasix) phaseout. In December, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission voted to approve a partial phaseout starting for 2-year-olds of 2020. Earlier last year, The Stronach Group and the New York Racing Association, together with Churchill Downs Inc., Los Alamitos, and […]

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Canadian Researchers Embark On Study Of Air Pollution And EIPH

Exercise-Induced Pulmonary Hemorrhage (EIPH) is estimated to affect between 44 and 85 percent of Thoroughbreds and 87 percent of Standardbreds worldwide. Racehorse owners and trainers are concerned that EIPH can shorten a racehorse’s career or even cause sudden death. Dr. Janet Beeler-Marfisim of the Ontario Veterinary College’s Department of Pathobiology, is part of a team […]

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Two UMN Equine Conferences Offered In February 2020

The University of Minnesota will be offering two equine conferences in early February that are geared toward horse owners and professionals. Hosted at the Leatherdale Equine Center on the St. Paul campus, the first conference will be held on Friday, Feb. 7. Dr. Brian Nielsen, of Michigan State University, will speak on the effects of […]

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Kentucky Horse Racing Commission Approves Lasix Phase Out Proposal

On Monday, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission voted to approve the partial Lasix phase-out proposal advanced by its Equine Drug Research Council, reports drf.com. The plan calls for the elimination of race day furosemide in all 2-year-old races in the state in 2020, and extends the ban to all stakes races in 2021. Horses affected by […]

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Grayson Project: Lasix 24 Hours Out Shows ‘Great Promise’ To Replace Race-Day Medication

The debate of race-day furosemide has once again taken over the websites and social media accounts of our industry. Trainers tell us how inhumane it would be to not allow a horse that has experienced exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH) to receive furosemide (Lasix). The public does not understand why we tell them that horses love […]

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California’s Feinstein Joins As Senate Cosponsor Of Horseracing Integrity Act

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) released the following statement after joining as a cosponsor of the Horseracing Integrity Act, a bipartisan bill introduced by Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) to end doping of American racehorses and create a uniform national standard for drug testing: “I’m cosponsoring the Horseracing Integrity Act because it’s past […]

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Kentucky Committee Fails Proposed Lasix Phaseout, Passes Other Drug Reforms

In the Furosemide Wars of 2019, the first battle in Kentucky goes to furosemide proponents. The Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council (EDRC) met Monday morning to consider a spate of medication rules changes brought forward by council member Mike Ziegler in July on behalf of Churchill Downs and Keeneland, including a phaseout of furosemide. Ziegler […]

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Casner: Studies Show Some Therapeutic Medications Do More Harm Than Good

Arthur Hancock’s powerful Op-Ed challenge “If Not Drugs, Then What is Causing Fatal Injuries?” spurred me to share some science that in my opinion makes the answer blatantly obvious. Recently, in preparation for a meeting, I gathered studies and data off of PubMed (National Public Medical Library) that pertained to  “therapeutic meds” that we routinely […]

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Winning Without Lasix? Old-School Methods Suggest It Can Be Done

Can modern-day Thoroughbreds win without the benefit of Lasix, the diuretic given on race day to nearly every horse racing in America today? Yes, says trainer Stacy Lane Hendry, whose horses have won 10 races from 50 starts without the drug this year through Labor Day while stabled at Tampa Bay Downs and Delaware Park. […]

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