Race-Day Medication Ban Coming In KY?

Published: April 13, 2011 11:25 am EDT

According to a report, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission will soon be discussing the possibility of implementing a statewide rule -- at least for thoroughbreds -- which would see a total ban of

race-day medications.

An article on courier-journal.com explains that the idea of such a move in Kentucky would simply be discussed at this point, and that the move comes due to an increased amount of racing groups which are looking for such a rule to become reality.

The report states that some members of the KHRC favour such a move, but that no formal proposal has been put forth yet.

“We need to decide what exactly the proposal is,” KHRC Executive Director Lisa Underwood was quoted as saying. “… You can't commit to it until you know what it's going to be.”

Many trainers and veterinarians vehemently state that anti-bleeding medications are a must to protect the well-being of horses on race day. Although, others state that, in some cases, bleeder medications are used to mask illegal drugs.

(With files from courier-journal.com)

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