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AGSC Drops Lasix Ban For Juveniles

Published: February 27, 2012 1:36 pm ET

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In thoroughbred racing, the American Graded Stakes Committee announced last Friday that it has dropped its rule which bans the use of furosemide (lasix) in graded stakes races for juveniles. Breeders' Cup officials today announced that they currently do not have plans to drop the ban for their races.

In its announcement Friday, the AGSC, via committee chairman Dr. J. David Richardson, said, "The committee will continue to engage in productive discussions within the industry, to educate the public, and to explore all avenues to effect positive changes with regard to the responsible use of medication for the benefit of graded stakes races, and the preservation of the integrity of those races."

Today, Breeders’ Cup Spokesperson Jim Gluckson said, “Currently we are not planning any changes to our medication policy for the 2012 Breeders’ Cup World Championships."

(With files from the Daily Racing Form)

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