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Pletcher Tempers Lasix Concerns
In the lead-up to the rich Breeders' Cup Series on November 2-3 leading US trainer Todd Pletcher is opting for a less hysterical approach in regard to the banning of Lasix from the series, reports bloodhorse.com. With 3 of his 10 Breeders' Cup hopefuls nominated for the 2-year-old-races, which appear to be feeding the most concern regarding the Lasix ban, Pletcher calculated: "It is unchartered waters ... But of the juveniles we entered, I don't anticipate any problems, at least I hope not. The only way to know for sure is to run them, see how they perform, and scope them afterwards. We haven't done anything different. The important thing is to have them healthy. If they are and they haven't bled before, their chances of bleeding will be greatly diminished ... I'm hoping that because they're younger horses they have had less stressful campaigns and are less likely to bleed. However he countered this argument with: "One of my concerns about the removal of Lasix in general is it can be a disadvantage to the betting public. As an industry, it is something we have to look closely at. That's why I'm pro-Lasix. It will be a concern not racing them on Lasix for the first time, but hopefully they'll perform up to their standards."