Racing moves toward restricting medications, including Lasix

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All I can say is: It’s about time. Led by the Stronach Group, which owns Santa Anita and Golden Gate Fields, changes are coming North American racing. Two other major racing organizations — Churchill Downs and the New York Racing Association — are implementing a partial phase out of Lasix, beginning with 2-year olds racing […]

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The Fatalities at Santa Anita — is it the Lasix?

One of the potential culprits identified for the cause of the breakdowns at Santa Anita are the drugs that proliferate among horse trainers. Not illegal drugs, but “medications” that prevent horses from bleeding or drugs that mask pain to the point where the horse is at more danger of injuring itself. After all, some pain […]

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Is Lasix jinxing the Triple Crown?

The use of Lasix (furosemide) has come under scrutiny in the racing industry with some analysts arguing that the use of the drug is one of the reasons why we’ve gone so long without a Triple Crown winner. Lasix is injected to prevent bleeding – Exercise Induced Pulmonary Hemorrhaging. The argument is that almost all […]

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