WRITTEN BY TOM LaMARRA
Cross-posted from The Horse.com
Legislation calling for a ban on equine performance-enhancing drugs in horse racing has been sent to the New York Senate Racing, Gaming, and Wagering Committee.
The language in the measure is similar to that of federal legislation that has been floated but not acted upon the past several years. The bill doesn’t specifically mention the anti-bleeding medication furosemide, also known as Salix or Lasix, but a memo attached to the bill says its purpose is to “prohibit the use of any performance-enhancing drug, including Lasix, on horses that participate in horse racing in the state of New York.”
The bill was introduced Jan. 9 by Democratic Sen. Adriano Espaillat; the Senate is controlled by Republicans. Also, there currently are no co-sponsors and no companion bill in the Assembly. The bill did not stem from the administration of Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Read more >>