Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear. Google image.

Governor implements new KY drug regulations for horse racing

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear. Google image.
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear on Thursday wielded his executive authority to implement regulations that would ban adjunct bleeder drugs on race day, mandate regulatory administration of the anti-bleeding drug Salix, and lower the permitted amount of Bute for Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing in the Commonwealth. Google image.

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear Aug. 30 said regulations designed to reform some aspects of the state’s equine medication policy will be implemented despite action by a legislative committee that found them deficient.

Beshear’s decision came after an afternoon meeting with representatives of racing industry organizations that lobbied for their passage. The Kentucky Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association earlier lobbied members of the bipartisan Interim Joint Committee on Licensing and Occupations to reject the regulations, which they did Aug. 27.

The regulations, scheduled to take effect Sept. 6, opening day of the Turfway Park meet, ban adjunct bleeder drugs on race day; mandate regulatory administration of the anti-bleeding drug furosemide, also called Salix or Lasix; and lower the permitted amount of phenylbutazone, also known as Bute, that can be adminstered 24 hours before a race.

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