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New York receives ‘substantial’ response during Lasix rules public comment period

The New York State Racing and Wagering Board received a “substantial” number of responses during the open comment period on the subject of changes to the administration of race-day furosemide (Lasix), reports the Daily Racing Form. Lee Park, spokesman for the board, said all the comments had been logged and everything submitted will be reviewed […]

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Vet Sid Gustafson: ‘Lasix perpetuates substandard horsemanship’

The likelihood a horse will bleed and require Lasix is increased by genetics, anti-inflammatory drugs, and incompetent horsemanship, writes Sid Gustafson at the New York Times’ The Rail blog.  Gustafson points out that horses evolved in an atmosphere where they were constantly in motion with their heads down while foraging for food.  He says horses […]

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NYTHA releases letter to John Sabini addressing Lasix debate

The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association released an open letter addressed to New York State Racing and Wagering Board Chairman John Sabini regarding the use of Lasix as a race day medication. It is the belief of the NYTHA that the continued use of race-day Lasix is in the best interest of the horses. The […]

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Congressional hearing will be missing important viewpoints

Can the federal government make things better when it comes to the regulation of medication policies for horse racing? A better question might be: Can it get any worse? Plenty of people will answer “yes” to that second question, citing any number of U.S. government agencies that are increasingly under attack for being inefficient, bloated […]

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KHRC and the Lasix Debate: ‘We just disagree’

I thought about “We Just Disagree,” Dave Mason’s hit song from the late 1970s, as I drove away from Monday’s meeting of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. Minutes earlier, the hay, oats, and water movement suffered a stunning setback after the 14 commissioners were evenly divided over whether or not to approve a phase-out of […]

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