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Asian Racing Fed Welcomes Kentucky Lasix Ban
Asian Racing Federation chairman Dr Koji Sato released a statement "welcoming the move by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (reported here yesterday) to eliminate Lasix". Sato emphasised: "The approach we take in the Asian region is that racing must be drug-free. This is fundamental. Accordingly we applaud the decision of the KHRC to eliminate Lasix." Sato also noted "the profile of Kentucky within US racing is such that the decision by the Kentucky Racing Commission will hopefully encourage other States to follow its example". Sato reiterated the ARF's commitment to drug-free racing because "ensuring the welfare of our horses, achieving a level playing field for competitors, keeping the trust & confidence of the public, protecting horses & jockeys from injury, promoting the strength & soundness of the breed - these are all very powerful considerations & they all point in the one direction, namely that horses must race free from the influence of medication."