furosemide

Study Suggests Furosemide Creates Lingering Sodium Imbalance Horses Struggle To Correct

Few racehorses compete without furosemide, a diuretic known commercially as Lasix, to reduce bleeding in the lungs, or exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH). Horsemen and armchair veterinarians alike have questioned whether horses suffer a long-term impact from repeated dosing of furosemide. Furosemide causes horses to lose sodium, and they might not be able to make up […]

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Beck: Is AAEP Protecting Horses … Or Its Own Interests?

Various members of the Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity, the group of industry organizations promoting passage of federal legislation that would bring uniform standards to our sport under the direction of the United States Anti-Doping Agency, have spent a good deal of time with representatives of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) over the […]

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What’s The Deal With TCO2, Anyway?

An announcement from the Arkansas State Racing Commission in early March that it would begin randomly testing Oaklawn Park runners for elevated TCO2 was widely lauded as another step toward improved integrity in the state. The commission adopted a TCO2 threshold in February which brought its rules for allowable levels in line with national standards. […]

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Here We Go Again: CHRB Approves Third-Party Lasix

California is again on the road to adopting third-party fursoemide administration after a unanimous vote by the state’s horse racing board at a meeting on Thursday. According to a report by The Blood-Horse, there was considerably less debate over the measure, which would bring the state into line with the National Uniform Medication Program, than there has […]

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‘Beaten Down By The PR Machine’: Bramlage On The Best Prescription For Racing

Dr. Larry Bramlage, renowned orthopedic surgeon specializing in Thoroughbred racehorses, said the time has come for those in the racing business to stop expecting the public to see things the same way horsemen do. Speaking at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital’s annual client education seminar this week, Bramlage was one of a panel of speakers […]

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New York: Proposal Would Require Trainers To Keep Detailed Medication Records, Reports On Bleeding Episodes

During its meeting on Monday, the New York State Gaming Commission approved five proposed regulations ranging from one that would require trainers to maintained detailed medication logs on their horses to filing reports on horses that suffer serious bleeding episodes. The Daily Racing Form reports that the proposed regulations will be posted for a 45-day public comment […]

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Combating A Culture Of Cheating: A Matter Of Trust

(First in a two-part series.) Horse racing has a culture of cheating. Its problem is drugs. It’s what the public calls doping. The methods differ, as do the drugs. At one end of the spectrum, horsemen and veterinarians inject horses on race day with a wide variety of drugs or other foreign substances. This practice is […]

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An American In Gold Coast: Intern Reflects On Differences In Training Methods

When friends ask University of Pennsylvania student Philip Antonacci what he did over winter break from school, he’ll have a more interesting answer than most. Antonacci spent his break on Australia’s Gold Coast, following up on a summer internship with trainer Gai Waterhouse last year. Antonacci, 23, spent his two-month summer vacation studying Waterhouse’s training […]

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Historic Racing In Kentucky On Track To Hit $2 Billion In Handle This Year

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission unanimously approved a measure Tuesday to increase registration fees for the state’s Thoroughbred Development Fund. The fee structure increase is the first in 12 years, per Kentucky Thoroughbred Breeders’ Fund executive director Chauncey Morris, and is anticipated to bring in $65,000 between January and the end of the fiscal year, […]

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Vet Fined $1,000 For Missing Lasix Shot That Forced Scratch Of Delaware Park Stakes Horse

Dr. Robert Campbell has been fined $1,000 by Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission stewards for failing to give Juddmonte Farms’ Suffused a pre-race furosemide (Lasix or Salix) treatment as scheduled, necessitating the filly’s scratch from last Saturday’s $200,000 Robert G. Dick Memorial Stakes at Delaware Park. Campbell, who was one of the third-party veterinarians retained by the commission […]

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