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Race-day ban on Lasix rejected in Kentucky

April 16, 2012
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With a tie vote of 7-7, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) on Tuesday afternoon turned down a rule change that would have banned the race-day use of the anti-bleeding medication Lasix. The Race Day Medication Committee earlier Tuesday voted 4-1 to approve the regulations that would have phased out Lasix over a three-year period beginning in 2013.
 
"This would be the most dramatic change in American racing ever," leading Thoroughbred trainer Dale Romans told the commission members in speaking against the proposal before the vote was held. About 30 minutes of short speeches both for and against were made by representatives of the Thoroughbred industry, and then each commissioner was given a chance to speak on the subject.
 
The proposal called for Lasix to be banned for use within 24 hours of a race in all 2-year-old races in 2013, with the ban extended to 3 year olds in 2014 and to all horses entered in stakes races. The use of Lasix would then be completely banned in 2015. If the proposal had been passed it also called for a review of the effects in September 2013.
 
Also at the KHRC meeting, the board approved the transfer of ownership of a portion of Keeneland's share in Turfway Park in northern Kentucky to Rock Gaming. Caesars Entertainment and Keeneland each had a 50-percent share in Turfway, with Keeneland selling 80 percent of its interest to Rock Gaming. Rock Gaming is a partner with Caesars Entertainment in the building of a casino in downtown Cincinnati,  
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