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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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Industry Reaction To Racetrack Coalition’s Proposed Partial Phase-Out Of Lasix

Reaction was mixed to the announcement on Thursday by a coalition of U.S. racetracks to partially phase out race-day administration of the anti-bleeding diuretic furosemide (Lasix), beginning with 2-year-olds racing in 2020 and in stakes races beginning in 2021. Those supporting the initiative include all tracks owned or operated by Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI), the […]

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Santa Anita To Resume Racing March 29 After Historic Agreement Reached On Medication Reforms

Santa Anita Park, Golden Gate Fields and the Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) on Saturday reached an historic agreement to protect the safety and welfare of horses and riders in the state. This collective mandate enacts the most stringent medication policy in North America. Belinda Stronach, president and chairman of The Stronach Group (TSG), which owns both […]

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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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Santa Anita Implements Lasix Ban, Increased Restrictions On Therapeutic Drugs Following 22nd Fatal Breakdown

The following statement was distributed to media Thursday afternoon as an “open letter” from Stronach Group chairman and president Belinda Stronach following the track’s 22nd fatal breakdown during morning training at Santa Anita.  What has happened at Santa Anita over the last few weeks is beyond heartbreaking. It is unacceptable to the public and, as […]

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Horseracing Integrity Act Gains Support Of 64 Trainers; Among Major Tracks, Churchill Downs Missing In Action

The Water Hay Oats Alliance has released a letter – signed by 64 current and retired trainers – endorsing the Horseracing Integrity Act (H.R. 2651) introduced in the U.S. Congress last year by Reps. Andy Barr (R-KY) and Paul Tonko (D-NY). The bill would establish a non-governmental, non-profit agency to oversee medication policy and enforcement […]

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Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Associations: Lasix Issue Already Debated and Settled

The following open letter was sent to the Paulick Report Wednesday from the Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Associations regarding a recent proposal to phase out the use of race day medication: We have been asked to comment on the Press Release issued on behalf of the group of trainers who propose the elimination of “race day medications” […]

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Where’s the Reasonable Dialogue on Race Day Medication?

We live in an increasingly polarized world. Red State/Blue State. Pro-Choice/Pro-Life. Fox News/MSNBC. In horseracing, it’s been repeated many times that Lasix is our “abortion issue.” You’re either for Lasix because it’s good for the horse, and what’s good for the horse is good for the sport, or you’re anti-Lasix, because it’s bad for the […]

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Violette Says Lasix Ban ‘Archaic,’ ‘Barbaric’

In the wake of an announcement on Friday that 25 trainers, including several Hall of Fame conditioners and multiple Eclipse Award winner Todd Pletcher, support a two-year phase-out of race-day medication, New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association president Rick Violette Jr. issued the following statement: “The position of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association has not […]

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