Hallelujah! Something to cheer about concerning Thoroughbred racing in 2015.
Tom LaMarra (@BH_TLaMarra) reporting for the The Blood-Horse writes:
Gulfstream Park, which plans to become the racetrack prototype for integrity in the sport, is to to offer furosemide-free races for 2-year-olds in 2015 and eventually operate an on-track pharmacy to ensure tight regulation of medication.
Frank Stronach, owner of The Stronach Group, said horse racing must implement reforms to instill confidence in the public and stakeholders such as owners, breeders, and racetracks. He outlined his plan Aug. 13 at the Saratoga Institute on Racing & Gaming Law in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
“If we work together we can put on a great show and convince the public (racetracks) are a great place to go,” Stronach said. “We have to ask ourselves why we as an industry have gone backward.”
Stronach supports medication-free racing on race day. He said in the Gulfstream Park condition book next year, “most of the races will be Lasix-free. I think we can learn and demonstrate that Lasix isn’t needed. Race-day medication should not be used.”
Read more on BloodHorse.com: http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/86747/gulfstream-plans-lasix-free-races-in-2015#ixzz3ANT1OHnh