race-day medication

‘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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Trainers Share Views On First Pegasus World Cup With No Race-Day Medication

For the first time in 2020, Saturday’s Pegasus World Cup Championship Invitational Series presented by Runhappy will be run free of race-day medications, heralding a new era in the sport of Thoroughbred racing in North America. The medication-free policy is consistent with the International Federation of Horse Racing Authorities (IFHA) standards. Two percent of the […]

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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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Report: NYRA, Churchill, Keeneland In Talks About Banning Lasix For Juveniles, Stakes Races

According to a report in the Daily Racing Form citing “three officials with knowledge of the discussions, Churchill Downs, the New York Racing Association and Keeneland are considering a two-pronged plan for the elimination of the race-day medication, Lasix. Under the proposal, tracks owned by the three companies would ban Lasix for 2-year-old races in […]

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‘We Need To Be A Leader In Clean Sport And Uniformity’: McPeek Joins Water Hay Oats Alliance

Trainer Kenny McPeek has joined the Water Hay Oats Alliance in support of the Horseracing Integrity Act, which would standardize medication rules in American racing by appointing an independent, non-governmental agency to oversee regulations, testing and enforcement and align the United States with international standards on race-day medication. After nearly 35 years of training Thoroughbreds, […]

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Pegasus World Cup News Minute Presented By Adequan: The No-Lasix Advantage?

One of the unique elements of the Pegasus World Cup is that horses that run without the race-day medication Lasix are given a break in their weights. That advantage has been increased since the World Cup began in 2017. In this edition of the Pegasus World Cup News Minute, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss […]

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Gaines Trainees Scratched: ‘Hectic Morning’ Translated To ‘Mistake’ In Race-Day Medication

A trio of horses from the barn of Carla Gaines were scratched from their respective races by the Santa Anita stewards on Friday, according to the trainer, because each had been administered a medication called Gastroguard that morning. No medications other than furosemide are allowed on race day. According to Gaines’ Twitter account, the ulcer […]

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On Capitol Hill: Backers, Opponents Debate Horseracing Integrity Act

Change vs the status quo. That was the theme of Friday’s debate at a hearing on Capitol Hill about the Horseracing Integrity Act. The bill would, among other things, ban the use of Lasix on race day and put drug testing and medication oversight in the hands of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). Whether […]

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The Friday Show: New Drug Protocols, Derby Prep Upsetters?

Oaklawn Park is putting in place a slate of upgraded drug testing measures, including one that targets so-called “milkshaking” by trainers. In this week’s Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick give some context to the changes and also talk about recent comments by prominent equine surgeon Dr. Larry Bramlage regarding Lasix and medication oversight. Plus, […]

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