race day medications

One Is The Loneliest Number Among Non-Lasix Winners Of Graded Stakes

A total of 211 American Graded Stakes races were run in the first six months of 2019, and just one horse, Fancy Dress Party in the G3 Beaumont Stakes at Keeneland, has won one of those events without the use of race-day Lasix, a diuretic that helps prevent or reduce exercise induced pulmonary hemorrhage, or […]

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John Ed Anthony: ‘Show Me How Abundant Use Of Medication Has Improved Racing Or Its Public Image’

John Ed Anthony is no stranger to the Preakness Stakes. His Loblolly Stable had back-to-back wins in the Grade 1 Preakness in 1992 and ’93 with Pine Bluff and Prairie Bayou, respectively. Anthony is no stranger to champion racehorses either, having campaigned three Eclipse Award winners in Temperence Hill (1980 champion 3-year-old male), Vanlandingham (1985 […]

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Maryland Breeders, Horsemen Issue Position Statement On Lasix

The Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and Maryland Horse Breeders Association issued the following joint statement, signed by MTHA president Timothy L Keefe and MHBA president Michael J. Harrison, DVM. The stakeholders in Maryland’s racing industry are parties to a landmark 10-Year Agreement that has facilitated many positive changes to the way our racing is being […]

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Industry Reaction To Racetrack Coalition’s Proposed Partial Phase-Out Of Lasix

Reaction was mixed to the announcement on Thursday by a coalition of U.S. racetracks to partially phase out race-day administration of the anti-bleeding diuretic furosemide (Lasix), beginning with 2-year-olds racing in 2020 and in stakes races beginning in 2021. Those supporting the initiative include all tracks owned or operated by Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI), the […]

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Combating A Culture Of Cheating: A Matter Of Trust

(First in a two-part series.) Horse racing has a culture of cheating. Its problem is drugs. It’s what the public calls doping. The methods differ, as do the drugs. At one end of the spectrum, horsemen and veterinarians inject horses on race day with a wide variety of drugs or other foreign substances. This practice is […]

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Florida: Race-Day Medication Limited To Lasix Starting July 1

Beginning July 1, the anti-bleeding medication furosemide – commonly known as Salix or Lasix – will be the only therapeutic agent that can be administered on race days at Florida Thoroughbred tracks, including Tampa Bay Downs. The new restrictions are a result of legislation signed earlier this month by Florida Gov. Rick Scott requiring the […]

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Dr. Gary Priest Joins WHOA, Calls For Change in Veterinary Business Model

It is my understanding that the Water Hay Oats Alliance’s position is to allow treatment of equine ailments that routinely occur, but for horses not to compete on drugs given on race day. I agree with this position. Veterinary medicine has made amazing advancements in the diagnostic technology and treatments of our equine athletes since […]

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Gosden: Race-Day Meds Have ‘Contaminated’ and ‘Degraded’ American Thoroughbred

In a recent Q&A with Thoroughbred Racing Commentary, trainer John Gosden gave a candid account of his opinions on the contrast between American racing and British racing. The biggest problem according to the multiple G1-winning trainer who has trained both in Britain and the States, is that Lasix degrades his ability to trust the American thoroughbred. “How many generations […]

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Ontario Considering Uniform Race Day Medication Rules

The Toronto Star reported Thursday that the Ontario Racing Commission is urging its members to support the ban of all race-day medications except Lasix by 2015. The suggested guidelines would bring the province in line with several U.S. states, where proponents are trying to get governments on the same page as far as what is permissible on […]

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Stronach Calls for Tracks to Ban Race-Day Lasix

Prominent owner-breeder and racetrack operator Frank Stronach is urging racetracks to join together to ban the use of race-day furosemide (Lasix). According to an article in the Daily Racing Form, Stronach has sent a letter to tracks across the country, asking them to work together to ban the use of the diuretic. Stronach, who owns […]

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