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IN MEMORY OF MONEY MAKIN MIKE Thoroughbred Racehorse Dead at Three
In the 8th Monday at Santa Anita, Money Makin Mike finished last of 9, 44+ lengths back. Besides the horrible finish, the run, according to Equibase, was uneventful: “battled…dropped back…gave way.” But a reader tipped me off that the 3-year-old collapsed after the wire; the Daily Racing Form went one better – “collapsed and died.”
One of the primary topics of discussion at the meeting of the Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI) Rules Committee in Saratoga Springs, New York, July 24th, was extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT).
ESWT treatment provides not only relief for strained muscles and tendons but also promotes healing and has an analgesic, or pain-killing, effect.
Teresa Genaro reporting for the The Blood-Horse writes:
The petition for the rule change regarding ESWT was brought by the Jockeys’ Guild and based on jockeys’ concerns about the use of the therapy and the potential for horses to break down after being treated with it. An RCI model rule on its use already exists. The Jockeys’ Guild petitioned for the RCI to expand its current rule to match the policies of the California Horse Racing Board as of May 4, 2012.
Specifically, the Guild requested that use of shock wave machines be limited to a designated area and that a log of all treatments be available to the track’s official veterinary, stewards, or commission investigation. It also requested that that log be made available to jockeys or their agents so that they can be aware of what treatments a horse has received before accepting a mount on that horse.
Responding to these requests, the RCI voted to adopt changes to its model rule on ESWT requiring that treated horses are to be placed on an ineligible list instead of a veterinarian’s list for 10 days and not to train or race within that timeframe.
The other modifications petitioned for by the Jockeys’ Guild were not granted.
It also voted to recommend that any violation of the RCI’s model rule on ESWT use be considered a prohibited practice and be subject to a Class A recommended penalty, which entails a one to three year suspension and a minimum fine of $10,000.
Well, we know what that means. Just another violation that will most likely never be enforced.
The use of shock wave therapy treatment and racehorses came to public attention during I’ll Have Another’s race for the Triple Crown. I’ll Have Another received ESWT during that time period and trained during the 10-day period but did not race.
“. . . the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission voted on the phase out of furosemide on race-day in the Bluegrass state. The result was not reform, but “business as usual.”
Furosemide (Lasix / Salix) is the anti-bleeder medication injected on raceday into nearly every Thoroughbred in America.
Shanklin quotes an Associated Press report that explains:
“The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission ended the tense discussion [Monday, April 16, 2012] on the use of furosemide with a 7-7 roll call vote on the proposed regulation that would have prohibited the drug from the Kentucky Derby in 2014, and in the whole state starting in 2015. The race-day ban would have first applied to 2-year-olds racing in 2013…The proposal would have made Kentucky the first state to ban race-day use of furosemide, marketed under the brand names Lasix or Salix.”
You got that right on the business as usual, but here is the interesting bit. Touted as the most pro-horse racing Governor ever, Beshear could influence the decision on whether or not to ban furosemide in Kentucky horse racing.
Kentucky Revised Statute 230.225 specifies that Kentucky Horse Racing Commission members are appointments by the governor for 3-year terms. Consequently, by the end of Governor Steve Beshear’s term of office in December 2015, he will have had the opportunity to replace every sitting member.
The next one or two vacancies on the Commission will be of utmost importance because the people appointed can break the tie on the Lasix issue. Governor Beshear will undoubtedly be under intense pressure from advocates on both sides.
Shanklin concludes with this:
If racing’s image can’t be rehabilitated in the horse breeding and sales capital of the United States, the mission is lost.
Now all we need do is wait and see if Governor Beshear has the vision, and courage, to do it.
In a related story, KHRC Chairman Bob told the Lexington Herald-Leader that he does not think this is the end of it, and expects another vote in a month’s time, but on a limited version of the original provision which bans the use of Lasix on racedays outright.
In a press release issued by the owner, it says the mare and foal are expected to return to the farm in a couple of days.
“Rachel has proven to be an extraordinary mother and taking to her feisty colt right away,” said owner Barbara Banke. “I’m a Rachel-chondriac. We are taking every precaution to ensure that Rachel and her colt are healthy and happy.”