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HKJC Backs Kentucky Move To Ban Raceday Lasix
The Hong Kong Jockey Club (as a member of the International Federation Of Horseracing Authorities) also released a statement "applauding the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission's historic decision to eliminate the use of the anti-bleeder drug furosemide, commonly known as Salix or Lasix, from all graded & listed black-type races by 2016". The statement noted: "Horseracing in North America has long stood alone among major racing jurisdictions in allowing horses raceday medication & Kentucky is the first US racing jurisdiction to ratify a Lasix ban." HKJC chief executive & IFHA vice-chairman Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges declared: "This is a progressive & internationally welcomed move by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission & one which the HKJC fully supports & applauds. Kentucky is the heartbeat of the American breeding industry & home to the Kentucky Derby. It is, therefore, fitting that the Bluegrass State has broken ranks & pushed through this ground-breaking measure. I hope this is the 1st step towards full global harmonisation on the issue of raceday medication."