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New Lasix Policy Takes Effect At Monmouth May 11

Posted Tuesday, May 7, 2013

 

Although the Mid-Atlantic Uniform Medication Program does not go into effect until January 1, 2014, Monmouth Park will institute the new Lasix administration portion of the program with the start of live racing here on May 11. 

The uniform medication program was created to unify medication policy and drug testing among New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Massachusetts for the first time ever when it takes effect. 

The New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association has chosen to implement one aspect of the new program – pre-race administration of Lasix – with the start of Thoroughbred racing in the state this year. 

Under the new policy, an outside veterinary company has been contracted to be the sole administrators of race-day Lasix, the diuretic that acts to suppress bleeding in horses. 

Every horse that races on Lasix will be treated in its stall 4-4 ½ hours before race time by a veterinarian employed by Kunze Equine. No other vet will be allowed in the stall before the race. 

Mike Musto, executive director of the NJTHA, said that New Jersey has decided to implement the new rule this season because the administration of Lasix is such a key component of the new uniform program. 

“We are taking this proactive step as a prelude to the 2014 rules,” Musto said.  “By starting now, horsemen will have time to adjust to the other rules that take effect in the new year.” 

 


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