furosemide

Gorajec: ARCI Gets A Mulligan On Previous Failure To Phase Out Race-Day Lasix

On March 28, 2011, eight years ago today, former racing regulator Joe Gorajec reminds us in his InsideRacingRegs blog, the Association of Racing Commissioners International dropped a “bombshell” on the horse racing industry by calling for a five-year phaseout of race-day use of the anti-bleeder medication furosemide, or Lasix. InsideRacingRegs is published by Horse Racing […]

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Jeff Blea, DVM, On The Santa Anita Crisis, Medication And Racing’s Survival

As a veterinarian practicing at Santa Anita, the last few months have been the most difficult of my career.  I’ve experienced grief for the horses who have been euthanized, and frustration with the spike in racing and training injuries.  The survivability of the sport in my state is on the line. But this crisis is […]

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Association Of Racetrack Veterinarians, HBPA: Curtailing Lasix Won’t Reduce Injury Rates

The following statements were released Tuesday by the North American Association of Racetrack Veterinarians (NAARV) and Eric Hamelback, CEO of the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA), regarding the recent breakdowns at Santa Anita and the issue of Lasix. From the NAARV: The membership of North American Association of Racetrack Veterinarians, both on site […]

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Impasse With Horsemen Over Lasix Ban Delays Resumption Of Racing At Santa Anita

Racing at Santa Anita will not resume on March 22 as previously announced after officials with The Stronach Group – owners of the Arcadia, Calif., track – were unable to reach an agreement on a ban of the anti-bleeding medication Lasix with the Thoroughbred Owners of California. A ban on race-day Lasix, or furosemide, was […]

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‘Watershed Moment For California Horse Racing’: TOC Seeking Input From Members On Announced Reforms

Thoroughbred Owners of California has scheduled a 1 p.m. PT teleconference on Saturday for its members to provide input and ask questions about the medication and safety reforms for Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields announced on Thursday by Belinda Stronach, chairman of The Stronach Group that owns the two California racetracks, along with […]

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Winning Without Lasix In 2018: McPeek, Rivelli Top All U.S. Trainers

In 2018, according to records maintained by The Jockey Club, 10,146 starts were made by horses without Lasix in the U.S. out of a total of 279,774. That equates to only 3.6%. Lasix is the commonly used name for the potent diuretic furosemide (though its trade name was changed to Salix). This medication can mitigate […]

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Gaines Trainees Scratched: ‘Hectic Morning’ Translated To ‘Mistake’ In Race-Day Medication

A trio of horses from the barn of Carla Gaines were scratched from their respective races by the Santa Anita stewards on Friday, according to the trainer, because each had been administered a medication called Gastroguard that morning. No medications other than furosemide are allowed on race day. According to Gaines’ Twitter account, the ulcer […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: Lasix Debate Shouldn’t Impede Progress Over Racing’s Integrity, Structure

The vast majority of Thoroughbred horsemen in the United States and Canada have convinced themselves that racing as we know it would not survive without every horse in their care getting an injection of the anti-bleeding diuretic furosemide (better known as Lasix) four hours before competition. I don’t blame them. Most trainers today have never […]

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Study Investigates How Furosemide Works To Find Alternative Treatments For EIPH

Exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH) in horses (also called “bleeding”) refers to the presence of blood in the lungs of a horse after exercise. This condition has been treated primarily with furosemide, but how the diuretic works is not completely understood. A recent study has found a relationship between the medication and an enzyme in the […]

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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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