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Here We Go Again: CHRB Approves Third-Party Lasix

California is again on the road to adopting third-party fursoemide administration after a unanimous vote by the state’s horse racing board at a meeting on Thursday. According to a report by The Blood-Horse, there was considerably less debate over the measure, which would bring the state into line with the National Uniform Medication Program, than there has […]

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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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Vet Fined $1,000 For Missing Lasix Shot That Forced Scratch Of Delaware Park Stakes Horse

Dr. Robert Campbell has been fined $1,000 by Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission stewards for failing to give Juddmonte Farms’ Suffused a pre-race furosemide (Lasix or Salix) treatment as scheduled, necessitating the filly’s scratch from last Saturday’s $200,000 Robert G. Dick Memorial Stakes at Delaware Park. Campbell, who was one of the third-party veterinarians retained by the commission […]

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Gulfstream Track Vet Marquis Fined For Failure To Cooperate With State Investigators

Dr. Patricia Marquis, the attending track veterinarian for Gulfstream Park, has been fined $250 for failure to fully cooperate with investigative staff employed by the Department of Business & Professional Regulation, Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering. The staff members were routinely investigating the deaths of Thoroughbreds injured while racing at the South Florida track in 2014 […]

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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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KY: After Heated Debate, Racing Commission Sets 24-Hour Lasix Threshold

During its meeting May 6, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission approved a 24-hour threshold level for furosemide (Lasix/Salix). This follows the commission’s decision earlier this year to allow racetracks to write races that prohibit race-day administration of the drug. According to a report in the Blood-Horse, prior to the commission’s decision there was much debate […]

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Jockey Club: EIPH Study Supports Call for Race-Day Medication Ban

Editor’s Note: The Jockey Club believes that horses should compete only when they are free from the influence of medication. The following essay, written by Matt Iuliano, the executive vice president and executive director of The Jockey Club, provides insights into a recent study pertaining to exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH) and long-term racing performance. A […]

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Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Associations: Lasix Issue Already Debated and Settled

The following open letter was sent to the Paulick Report Wednesday from the Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Associations regarding a recent proposal to phase out the use of race day medication: We have been asked to comment on the Press Release issued on behalf of the group of trainers who propose the elimination of “race day medications” […]

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Where’s the Reasonable Dialogue on Race Day Medication?

We live in an increasingly polarized world. Red State/Blue State. Pro-Choice/Pro-Life. Fox News/MSNBC. In horseracing, it’s been repeated many times that Lasix is our “abortion issue.” You’re either for Lasix because it’s good for the horse, and what’s good for the horse is good for the sport, or you’re anti-Lasix, because it’s bad for the […]

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California Bill Targeting Equine Medical Director Dies Necessary Death

Received an email the other day from a service of California’s state government that tracks pending legislation. It said simply: “AB-1154: Horse racing: equine drug testing: equine medical director. On 31-JAN-14 the following history action was applied: Died pursuant to Art. IV, Sec. 10(c) of the Constitution.” And so ended one of the more shameful […]

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