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Breeders' Cup Limiting Medications

Published: July 15, 2011 4:37 pm ET

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According to a release, effective 2012, two-year-old thoroughbreds participating in Breeders' Cup races will be banned from competing with lasix in their systems. There is much more scheduled for the 2013.

A release by the Breeders' Cup states that runners will not be able to have the diuretic in their systems next year, but 2013 will see all horses performing without race-day medications in Breeders' Cup races.

"Given the high level of international participation in [Breeders' Cup races] and the increasing support for our nominations programs throughout the global thoroughbred breeding and racing community, Breeders' Cup feels strongly that the time has come to modify our medication policies to be consistent with international practices," Breeders' Cup Chairman Tom Ludt said via statement.

(With files from ESPN.com)

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