race-day medication

Strong Support For National Oversight Of Drug Regulations In Daily Racing Form Readers Poll

An online poll conducted by Daily Racing Form demonstrated strong support among its readers for federal legislation to install an independent, non-governmental agency to regulate horse racing’s medication rules on a national basis. Of the more than 1,800 respondents to the survey, Daily Racing Form reports that nearly two-thirds – 64 percent – favored legislation introduced by […]

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KY Racing Commission Delays Decision On Proposed Medication Rules, Testing

In its meeting held June 29, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) delayed voting on proposed new rules regarding medication testing, withdrawal guidelines, and possible disciplinary measures. The proposed rules also included guidelines for the mineral cobalt. According to a report in the Blood-Horse, Bob Beck, chairman of the racing commission, felt the proposals needed […]

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Gulfstream To Experiment With Lasix-Free Juvenile Races

The Blood-Horse reported Thursday that Gulfstream Park plans to run at least two 2-year-old races written for horses who do not compete on race-day furosemide, a drug commonly known as Lasix. The first of these races will be included in the condition book that begins July 1. “The incentive to run Lasix-free will be high,” […]

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Florida Governor Signs Race-Day Medication Legislation

Florida Governor Rick Scott signed HB 239 relating to Medication and Testing of Racing Animals today, June 2, 2015. Effective July 1, 2015, the bill will dramatically change Chapter 550.2415, Florida Statutes, which has governed the use of Florida Thoroughbred race-day medication for more than 25 years. The product of strong advocacy by the Florida […]

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Dickinson: Breeders Must Lead The Way To Change U.S. Drug Rules

The following commentary was written by Michael Dickinson in support of the Water Hay Oats Alliance. Dickinson is a former trainer in the United Kingdom (where he is a member of the British Steeplechasing Hall of Fame) and United States who invented the Tapeta Footings synthetic racing surfaces.  I have trained in the UK on zero medication.  I’ve also trained in […]

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Keeneland Not Expecting Lasix-Free Race Proposal For 2015

Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason expressed support Friday for a Kentucky proposal that would allow racetracks to card races prohibiting the use of Lasix. But Thomason’s brief statement suggested the regulation would likely have no impact on the 2015 Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland in late October. “Keeneland supports the proposed regulation to be considered March 23 by a committee of the […]

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The Friday Show: A Surprising Derby Trend, And Some Weight With That Lasix?

The battle over race-day medication in U.S. horse racing may go dormant from time to time, but the forces pushing for change continue to work towards their goal — despite resistance from many horseman. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss a new proposal in Kentucky regarding Lasix. Could […]

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New York Horsemen’s Election: ‘Truthiness’ and the Truth

When it comes to the ongoing election for president of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, there is “truth” and there is “truthiness.” The truthiness of the election, the agenda pushed by allies of current NYTHA president Rick Violette, is that the only issue that matters is Lasix, the race-day medication used to treat exercise-induced […]

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Indiana Stewards Issue Ruling on Non-Lasix Race-Day Injection

Indiana Horse Racing Commission stewards have handed trainer Anthony Granitz a $2,000 fine and suspended Granitz assistant Richard Estvanko 60 days for a Sept. 19 incident in which veterinarian Dr. Ross Russell was observed by a member of Indiana Grand security staff injecting a Granitz-trained horse on race-day with a substance other than Lasix. Estvanko […]

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Guest Commentary: A Not So Silent Witness

The following commentary is by Alexa Ravit, a longtime horse racing fan and attendee of over 20 Triple Crown races. Ms Ravit will be graduating from Cornell University in January with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and minors in Business and Communication. She intends to pursue a career in the Thoroughbred industry. – Ray Paulick In […]

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