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Kentucky votes to ban stakes race-day Lasix

June 13, 2012

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Kentucky is poised to become the first jurisdiction in North America to ban the race-day use of the anti-bleeding medication Lasix in Thoroughbred stakes races after the state's Horse Racing Commission voted Wednesday in favor of the rule change. In April the commission failed to approve a rule change that would have banned the race-day use of Lasix on all horses. The regulation change must now be approved by a legislative review committee.

The vote was 7 to 5, with Breeders' Cup chairman Tom Ludt abstaining.

The ban will go into effect in 2014 for 2-year-old stakes races, and expanded in 2015 to include 3-year-old stakes. In 2016 it will cover all stakes races.

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