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Ban Lifted On Lasix For Breeders' Cup Meeting

Monday, 26th August 2013

The US Breeder's Cup committee will allow all horses competing at the 2014 Breeders' Cup meeting at Santa Anita to be administered with the anti-bleeding medication furosemide on race day, reports drf.com. The announcement is a major reversal of an experimental policy by the Breeders' Cup to prohibit 2YOs from racing on furosemide. The 2014 Breeder's Cup will be hosted at Santa Anita for a third consecutive year, but Thoroughbred Owners of California oppose any ban, and it is believed horsemen in other potential host jurisdictions such as Kentucky or Florida would also oppose it. In a statement explaining the reversal of policy, Breeders' Cup officials said: "In evaluating host site options for 2014 it became apparent that the race day medication policy for 2014 would have to be consistent with rules in effect in any eligible host jurisdiction at the time of the event." It continued, "The horsemen's groups in potential host jurisdictions indicated that they would withhold their approval of simulcast rights unless this was the case, jeopardizing our ability to conduct simulcast wagering on our event, and thus the event itself." Furosemide, also called Salix or more commonly Lasix, is used to reduce or prevent bleeds and is legal in every racing jurisdiction in North America, including California. The drug is banned in Australia. 

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