The US Jockey Club has written to the New York State Racing and Wagering Board to put its case that horses should compete only when free from the affects of medication.
The Jockey Club hopes the board will specifically ban the raceday use of furosemide, marketed under the names Salix and Lasix.
Furosemide is a diuretic. It is used to both prevent and treat exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage, and to optimize race performance by weight loss. Its use for horses on race day is banned everywhere but North America.
The letter, signed by Jockey Club chairman Ogden Mills Phipps, reiterates the organization’s longstanding belief that horses should compete only when free from the influence of medication.
The New York State Racing & Wagering Board had solicited comments concerning the use and regulation of Lasix for racehorses and equine drug policy in general.