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Former British Trainer: Too Many Things In U.S. Racing ‘Seemingly Designed To Harm The Horse’

At Thoroughbred Racing Commentary, former British racehorse trainer Patrick Gilligan takes a dim view of the current modus operandi in U.S. racing. Gilligan moved to the U.S. five years ago to help his son Jack, a jockey, pursue a riding career, which he’s doing on the Midwest circuit. First and foremost, Gilligan writes, nearly everything […]

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Reversal: Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council Votes To Support Partial Lasix Ban

In a reversal from its vote four weeks ago, the Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council voted this Monday to support a partial Lasix ban, reports drf.com. The proposal will eliminate race-day administration of Lasix for 2-year-olds in 2020, and expand that to all stakes races in 2021. Those horses affected would, however, be allowed to receive […]

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Grayson Project: Lasix 24 Hours Out Shows ‘Great Promise’ To Replace Race-Day Medication

The debate of race-day furosemide has once again taken over the websites and social media accounts of our industry. Trainers tell us how inhumane it would be to not allow a horse that has experienced exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH) to receive furosemide (Lasix). The public does not understand why we tell them that horses love […]

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Hold Your Horses: After Trainer Objections, Maryland Holds Back Proposed Reforms

Less than a month after announcing the approval of a number of “house rules” and commission policies aimed at improving racehorse safety and welfare, the Maryland Racing Commission is walking things back. According to a report by The Racing Biz, the proposed measures — which included pushing back administration of several medications, veterinary record transfers, […]

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California’s Feinstein Joins As Senate Cosponsor Of Horseracing Integrity Act

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) released the following statement after joining as a cosponsor of the Horseracing Integrity Act, a bipartisan bill introduced by Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) to end doping of American racehorses and create a uniform national standard for drug testing: “I’m cosponsoring the Horseracing Integrity Act because it’s past […]

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Kentucky Committee Fails Proposed Lasix Phaseout, Passes Other Drug Reforms

In the Furosemide Wars of 2019, the first battle in Kentucky goes to furosemide proponents. The Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council (EDRC) met Monday morning to consider a spate of medication rules changes brought forward by council member Mike Ziegler in July on behalf of Churchill Downs and Keeneland, including a phaseout of furosemide. Ziegler […]

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Vet Rebuts Casner: Lasix Use Does Not Compromise A Horse’s Musculoskeletal System

Because Bill Casner has a deserved reputation as a fine owner and breeder of racehorses, I read with interest his article “Studies Show Some Therapeutic Medications Do More Harm Than Good,” appearing in the October 8, 2019, issue of the Paulick Report. I also did so because a significant part of my 30-year professional career […]

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Casner: Studies Show Some Therapeutic Medications Do More Harm Than Good

Arthur Hancock’s powerful Op-Ed challenge “If Not Drugs, Then What is Causing Fatal Injuries?” spurred me to share some science that in my opinion makes the answer blatantly obvious. Recently, in preparation for a meeting, I gathered studies and data off of PubMed (National Public Medical Library) that pertained to  “therapeutic meds” that we routinely […]

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Gorajec Calls HBPA ‘Public Letter’ On Lasix ‘Tone Deaf,’ Says Race-Day Ban Inevitable

Former Indiana horse racing regulator Joe Gorajec criticizes the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association as being “tone deaf” for its recent “PUBLIC LETTER on Stance to NOT Eliminate the Choice to Administer Lasix on Raceday” distributed recently to the media and published at Paulick Report. The NHBPA letter includes the statement research “proves” that, […]

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The Whats And Whys Behind Santa Anita’s Nightmare Spring Season

Santa Anita is preparing to launch its fall meet under more scrutiny than ever before. As racing ticks down the weeks to this year’s Breeders’ Cup, some racing fans are still wondering – what happened to cause the much-publicized spike in equine fatalities last spring, and what’s the thinking behind the policies the track put […]

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