lasix debate

When It Comes To Lasix And Federal Legislation, Horse Racing Has Been Here Before

As a new year begins, some racing jurisdictions will begin considering or implementing a furosemide (Lasix) phaseout. In December, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission voted to approve a partial phaseout starting for 2-year-olds of 2020. Earlier last year, The Stronach Group and the New York Racing Association, together with Churchill Downs Inc., Los Alamitos, and […]

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Hayward: For Now, Horse Racing Integrity Act Should ‘Set Lasix Off To The Side’

Former NYRA president Charles Hayward says that the 2017 Horse Racing Integrity Act is “the most important development in the regulation of Thoroughbred racing for decades,” according to his latest feature at thoroughbredracing.com. Despite those beliefs, Hayward is not confident that the bill can be passed as it is currently written. “The 2017 version of the […]

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‘No Desire To Run On Lasix’: British Trainers Rely On Minimalistic Medication Regimens

This is the second in a three-part series examining differences in medication policy and use in Great Britain versus the United States. See Part 1 here. When medication reform is discussed in the United States, horsemen’s advocates often resist tighter restrictions on therapeutic medications, citing the need to treat horses for the myriad aches and […]

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McLaughlin On Lasix: ‘We Should Be Able To Be Without It In America’

Kiaran McLaughlin spent 10 years training racehorses for the Maktoum family in Dubai, where horses cannot be given any medications within seven days of a race. The trainer referred to the ability to run horses without Lasix or other race-day medications as “eye-opening” in an interview at thoroughbredracing.com. “There is no Lasix worldwide, and I […]

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McGaughey Talks Lasix, USADA Oversight

“I think a lot of us use Lasix as a crutch.” Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey spoke with Karen Johnson of Thoroughbred Racing Commentary in a wide-ranging interview.  McGaughey said he is more than ready to move away from using Lasix, having already done so with 2-year-olds in his barn owned by the Phipps Stable and Stuart […]

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New Furosemide Research Reveals Unexpected Impacts Of The Medication

It’s no secret that furosemide (Lasix, Salix) is both effective in preventing or lessening exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage, or that the drug has been shown to make horses lose weight through dehydration—a side effect many people believe makes the substance attractive as a performance enhancer. Scientists at Kentucky Equine Research wanted to learn more about the […]

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New York Regulators Plan To Examine Lasix Use

Just after the passage of a Kentucky resolution that would allow tracks to write Lasix-free races, New York officials announced they would like to examine and discuss the use of Lasix in the state. According to The Blood-Horse, the New York State Gaming Commission plans to hold a forum with industry experts and representatives to learn more […]

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‘Divisive’ Kentucky Lasix Rule Sparks Controversy Around 8-4 Commission Approval

At its March meeting on Monday, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission voted to approve a controversial measure that would allow the state’s racetracks to write Lasix-free races. The final vote was 8-4 in favor of the rule. Earlier in the day, the commission’s rule committee voted 3-2 in favor of the proposal. The proposed rule […]

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Chamblin: No Drugs Should Be Administered on Race Day

In an open letter published by the Water Hay Oats Alliance (WHOA) last Thursday, Tony Chamblin spoke about comments made by Dr. Larry Bramlage regarding the use of furosemide – commonly known as Lasix – and the response to his statements by the Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA). Chamblin was executive director of the […]

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Nader: Rich Tapestry’s Win ‘A Great Statement’ for Medication-Free Racing

The victory by Rich Tapestry in Saturday’s Grade 1 Santa Anita Sprint Championship was significant not only because it secured the Hong Kong invader a berth in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Sprint, but also because the gelding raced without medication. That accomplishment, as Bill Nader points out, “has laid the Lasix debate out for everyone […]

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