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Gulfstream To Have Lasix-Free Races In 2015

Friday, 15th August 2014

In his quest to eliminate race-day medication and improve integrity in the sport, Frank Stronach said Wednesday that Gulfstream Park will begin programming races in 2015 that will be restricted to horses that are Lasix-free, reports thoroughbreddailynews.com. Stronach, chairman of the Stronach Group which owns Gulfstream, Santa Anita and three other tracks, was the keynote speaker at the Saratoga Institute on Racing and Gaming Law in Saratoga Springs, NY. The annual two-day program is presented by the Government Law Center and the Institute for Legal Studies at Albany Law School. During his speech, Stronach talked about the need to tighten rules to change the perception that North American racing tolerates cheating through the use of medication. "My inclination is that we not have race-day medication," he said. "I don't want to shoot from the hip and bully anybody, but when we write races in our condition book, most of them will be Lasix-free. Together I think we can learn and hopefully demonstrate that Lasix would not be needed and race-day medication not be used. It's not used in most of the racing countries in the world, except America."

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