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Breeders' Cup Reneges On Total Lasix Ban
The 2013 edition of the Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita on November 1-2 will retain its existing medication policy in relation to the race day administration of Lasix (furosemide), reports thoroughbreddailynews.com. In essence, this means that while the ban will apply to 2YOs again, the Breeders' Cup committee has reneged on its agreement to end all Lasix-assisted racing for the major 2-day meeting. As an aside, the Juvenile Sprint race (introduced in 2011 and Lasix free last year) has been disbanded, after being put to a vote of the Breeders' Cup Board last Friday. Chairman Tom Ludt explained: "We recognize that there has been great divisiveness in our industry over medication rules, but joining together in the common goal of independent scientific research of the effects of race-day medications, coupled with industry pursuit of uniform rules, will move us toward eliminating such divisions… Our board feels this measure, keeping the policy in place for the Juvenile races and maintaining the 2012 policy on the remaining races, is the most practical course of action at this time." In relation to the discontinuance of the Juvenile Sprint, Breeders' Cup president and CEO Craig Fravel commented: "The number of starters and overall quality of the Juvenile Sprint fields for its two runnings did not meet the standards expected for the Championships… We also believe that the Juvenile Sprint had a negative impact on field sizes for both the Breeders' Cup Juvenile and Juvenile Fillies."