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Kentucky Race-Day Drug Laws To Change From Sep 4

Tuesday, 28th August 2012

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has announced that under new rules to commence September 4 "Furosemide will be the only medication permitted on race day in Kentucky effective September 4, and the drug will be administered by regulatory veterinarians", reports bloodhorse.com. "Adjunct bleeder medications such as Amicar, Tranex, Estrone, and Kentucky Red will no longer be permitted to be administered within 24 hours of a race… According to a KHRC memo to horsemen, furosemide, also called Salix or Lasix, will be administered to horses in their stalls. Horses will be treated from four to 4 1/2 hours before a race, and will not be treated after the deadline has passed… Race-day administration of Salix and a ban on adjunct bleeder drugs on race day are part of an Association of Racing Commissioners International model rule that is being gradually adopted by racing jurisdictions."

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