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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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Breeders’ Cup Lasix Study Yields ‘Surprising’ Results

Breeders’ Cup Ltd., together with Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, announced on Monday the results of a study on race-day furosemide administration in 2-year-olds and subsequent endoscopic findings. The study, led by Hagyard’s Dr. Nathan Slovis, conducted endoscopic exams on 55 horses over the two days of Breeders’ Cup—both juveniles racing in the Breeders’ Cup series […]

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Statement: Breeders’ Cup ‘Remains Committed’ to ‘Best Practices’ on Lasix

Breeders’ Cup released the following statement on Friday afternoon, the day after a California Horse Racing Board meeting in which Joe Morris, executive director of the Thoroughbred Owners of California, revealed that 2-year-olds will be permitted to run with Lasix in the 2014 Breeders’ Cup. This year’s edition of the Breeders’ Cup will be run […]

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Jamaican Olympic Sprinter Could Face Ban for Lasix Use

Veronica Campbell-Brown, a 31-year-old Olympic sprinter from Jamaica, may face a two-year ban from the sport after testing positive for furosemide at the Jamaican International Invitational in May. The World Doping Agency banned furosemide, known in the equine world as Lasix, because it can be used in humans as a masking agent to hide performance-enhancing […]

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National HBPA: Keep Lasix in Breeders’ Cup

As the debate over race-day furosemide use at the Breeders’ Cup continues, the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association’s Medication Committee met Feb. 23 to discuss the issue, and voted to endorse the use of the drug. Florida HBPA executive director and medication committee chair Kent Stirling says the group wants to continue its exploration […]

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Crist: Lasix ban brings lower juvenile entries

The first year of the Breeders’ Cup Lasix (Salix) ban has come with a 50 percent decline in Breeders’ Cup Juvenile race entries. Only 15 horses pre-entered (first preference) two of the riches Juvenile races in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and Juvenile Fillies races. The fields attracted nine and six first preference pre-entries respectively, down […]

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Pletcher still targeting Breeders’ Cup despite juvenile Lasix ban

Starting this year, the Breeders’ Cup will be banning the use of furosemide (Lasix/Salix) in all five of the juvenile races. Despite the ban, trainer Todd Pletcher still plans on sending a strong arsenal of 2-year-olds to Santa Anita for this year’s Cup. Pletcher told the Daily Racing Form that despite the ban, he will […]

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