furosemide

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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Report: Rules Regarding Third-Party Lasix Administration On The Agenda For Next CHRB Meeting

The California Horse Racing Board will discuss adopting a third-party Lasix administration policy at its upcoming meet scheduled for June 16. The Blood-Horse reports that the rule would then conform with the Association of Racing Commissioners International model rule and the National Uniform Medication Program, in that independent veterinarians, rather than track vets, would administer Lasix on race-day. […]

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KY: Attorney General’s Office Rules Against Tracks Writing Lasix-Free Races

The Kentucky attorney general’s office has issued an opinion saying that the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) will not be allowed to delegate rule-making authority to ‘private companies’ such as racetracks, which jeopardizes Keeneland’s plan to card Lasix-free races at future meets. According to the Daily Racing Form,  the Kentucky attorney general’s office issued a statement Dec. 18, saying that […]

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Commentary: Lasix Industry An Out-Of-Control Juggernaut

Now that the dust of American Pharoah’s Classic victory has finally settled, it is time to take a look at the underlying story at this year’s Breeders’ Cup: the Lasix issue. The seemingly endless debate over the pros and cons of race-day medication was brought into sharp relief at Keeneland with the decision landing decidedly in […]

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Strong Support For National Oversight Of Drug Regulations In Daily Racing Form Readers Poll

An online poll conducted by Daily Racing Form demonstrated strong support among its readers for federal legislation to install an independent, non-governmental agency to regulate horse racing’s medication rules on a national basis. Of the more than 1,800 respondents to the survey, Daily Racing Form reports that nearly two-thirds – 64 percent – favored legislation introduced by […]

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Runhappy Connections Join Water Hay Oats Alliance

The connections of Runhappy, winner of the G3 Phoenix Stakes Friday and one of the leading contenders for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, have joined the Water Hay Oats Alliance. Also known as WHOA, the organization advocates for medication reform in horse racing, including the elimination of furosemide, better known as Lasix, a drug developed to […]

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Opinion: KY Gov. Beshear Should Approve Lasix-Free Races

In an editorial published in the Sept. 25 issue of the Lexington Herald-Leader, the newspaper calls for Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear to “OK Lasix-free races” in the state. The column says that even though a similar proposal from the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission was recently turned down by a legislative committee, Beshear should still push for Lasix-free races […]

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