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Bad Blood Over Breeders' Cup Juvenile Lasix Decision

Friday, 19th October 2012

At this year's renewal of the Breeders' Cup meeting, history of a different kind will be made when each of the 5 Breeders' Cup juvenile events requires all runners to race Lasix-free. Used as an anti-bleeder medication, drf.com reports that of the upper echelon of 2YOs that will face the starter in the quintet of events, only one – Fortify – has been racing without Lasix this year. The decision is very unpopular with some owners and trainers, including leading owner Mike Repole who is boycotting the day with his juveniles. With the intention next year for the entire Breeders' Cup meeting to be Lasix-free, CEO of the Breeders' Cup Craig Fravel commented: "I was just over at the Arc de Triomphe, and every single race all day long was run without Lasix... I'm looking forward to seeing how it works [here]."

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