California Regulators Re-establish 48-Hour Rule On Certain Medications

The California Horse Racing Board conducted two separate meetings on Thursday, March 26, by teleconference. The public participated by dialing into the teleconference and/or listening through the audio webcast link on the CHRB website. Both meetings were chaired by Dr. Gregory Ferraro, joined for the first meeting by Vice Chair Oscar Gonzales and Commissioners Dennis […]

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Board: No Lasix For California 2-Year-Olds This Year

At a lengthy teleconference meeting held Thursday, the California Horse Racing Board approved rule language that would prohibit the administration of furosemide in 2-year-olds beginning this year. The move comes as part of a desire outlined by the Thoroughbred Safety Coalition (of which The Stronach Group and Del Mar are members) to phase out the […]

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UPenn Researchers Embark On Study Examining Interaction Between Lasix And Bisphosphonates

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) have announced the launch of a novel study exploring possible effects resulting from the combined use of furosemide, commonly known as Lasix, and bisphosphonates in equine athletes. Led by Dr. Mary Robinson, assistant professor of veterinary pharmacology and director of the Equine Pharmacology Laboratory at Penn Vet’s New […]

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‘Right Thing To Do’: NYRA Moves Forward With Lasix Phase-Out Plans

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will prohibit the use of Furosemide (Lasix) within 48 hours of racing for all 2-year-olds with the start of juvenile racing in April at Aqueduct Racetrack, ushering in a new era in medication reform. Last April, NYRA joined a coalition of leading racing organizations committed to phasing out […]

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EIPH: Could It Be A Heart Issue?

Most horsemen and veterinarians are used to thinking about exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH) as strictly a breathing issue, but recent research suggests the heart may also contribute to this much-discussed and poorly-understood phenomenon.  To anyone with a grasp of anatomy, of course, it wouldn’t be a total surprise — heart and lung function are connected. […]

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1998 Flashback: Clenbuterol Use ‘Simply Incompatible With Pari-Mutuel Horse Racing’

(Editor’s Note: The following commentary on clenbuterol as a performance enhancing drug was written in June 1998 by Paul Berube, who retired in 2005 after serving for 17 years as president of the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau. Berube brought the article from the Standardbred Investigative Services newsletter to our attention in the wake of commentaries […]

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Churchill And Keeneland To Require Pre-Work Vet Exams, Additional Pre-Race Exams On All Horses

Keeneland and Churchill Downs today jointly announced major changes in racing and training policies to strengthen safety protocols at both race tracks. Reforms include mandatory veterinary inspections prior to workouts and race entry and enhanced reporting and transparency requirements for trainers and attending veterinarians with regard to the fitness of horses to work and race. […]

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CHRB Adopts New Limitations On Shock Wave Therapy

The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Thursday, February 20, at Cal Expo. Chairman Gregory Ferraro presided. Vice Chairman Oscar Gonzales and Commissioners Wendy Mitchell and Alex Solis also were in attendance. The audio of this entire Board meeting is available on the CHRB Website ( under the Webcast link. In brief: The […]

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Racing Without Lasix: Christophe Clement Leads Nation By 2019 Wins

In 2019, according to records maintained by The Jockey Club, out of the 272,553 U.S. starts, only 10,065 were made by horses that were not administered Lasix. That equates to only 3.7 percent. The number of starters without Lasix is virtually unchanged from 2018 when 10,148 horses started without the race-day medication. Lasix is the […]

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