Proposed race-day drug ban to resurface

Proposed race-day drug ban to resurface

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ELMONT, NY - JUNE 02: Paynter runs during a morning workout at Belmont Park on June 2, 2012 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

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by WHAS11 newsroom

WHAS11.com

Posted on June 13, 2012 at 9:24 PM

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Horse racing regulators in Kentucky are preparing for another debate on whether to phase out the race-day use of an anti-bleeding drug for the state's top races.
 
The proposal is expected to come before the Horse Racing Commission at its meeting Wednesday. The proposal would eventually ban race-day use of the drug furosemide in graded or listed stakes races, including the Kentucky Derby.
 
Furosemide is marketed as Lasix and Salix and is the only medication allowed to be given to horses on race days in the U.S.
 
If approved, Kentucky would be the first state to take action against the drug, which is banned internationally.
 
The issue has been a divisive one in horse racing circles. A more sweeping proposed ban failed on a 7-7 commission vote in April.

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