Furosemide Lasix Salix graphic by Vivian

Raceday Salix errors frustrate Kentucky horsemen

Cross-posted from TheHorse.com

WRITTEN BY FRANK ANGST

Furosemide Lasix Salix graphic by Vivian
Furosemide Lasix Salix graphic by Vivian
    “Kentucky horsemen are losing patience with a new policy that requires regulatory veterinarians to administer furosemide (commonly known as Salix) on race day after mistakes have led to horses being scratched on consecutive race days at Churchill Downs, in Louisville, this November.

    “On Nov. 11 stewards scratched Booby Prize from the 10th race at Churchill after the 3-year-old gelding mistakenly was given two pre-race Salix shots instead of one. On Nov. 14, the same problem occurred with 4-year-old gelding Outofsiteoutofmind, again necessitating a scratch. Booby Prize is trained by Michael Laurer for Penny Laurer, and Outofsiteoutofmind is trained by Phil Simms for Nelson McMakin.

    “The two scratches at Churchill follow two mistakes at the Keeneland Race Course, in Lexington, fall meeting, although those horses were allowed to race after an update to their Salix status was announced. Exothermic mistakenly received Salix when he was supposed to race without the diuretic and Infrattini was not administered pre-race Salix when he was supposed to receive it.”

Why all the excitement? It is not about the horses I assure you.

Ah, here it comes, and out of the mouth of a leader of one of those obstructive horsemen’s benevolent societies. In this case it is Marty Maline of the Kentucky version:

    “He [Maline] noted that the mistakes are eroding the faith of any supporters of the policy.”

No, you and your egotism and all like you are eroding the faith of any supporters of horse racing.

How typical too that these initial errors are being broadcast everywhere when horse racing covers up everything else it can. How transparent of you.

If I worked in American horse racing, I would get my resume together. But who will employ many of these jokers when horse racing in America finally breaks down and is put out of its misery. How tragic that so few within it have the courage or willingness to begin repairing its many ills and are attacked when they try.

In the meantime, I wish the very best to Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) equine medical director Mary Scollay, DVM, in sorting out the initial hiccups in implementing the new policy. Horse racing and the horses used by it need a win, badly.

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