Drug Use on Race Day

North American horseracing has again come under fire at a conference that was in Paris for the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities. One of its main speakers was jockey Ogden Phipps. Phipps made comments on a recent theme that occurred at another conference in relation to the consistency and integrity that needs to be in place for the testing of horses and the type of medication that is given to those who race. At this point in time, the U.S states all have their own rules and regulations with respect to this subject and jockeys such as Phipps have called for a country wide set of rules and governance of those rules.

Furosemide

Those states in North America do allow for Furosemide, which is often identified as Salix or Lasix however most in other parts of the world have disallowed this medication as has the International Olympic Committee. What is rather interesting is that a one track in Arkansas offered to increase the purse of the winner in a recent race should they test negative for its use. The President of the Oaklawn Race track was quoted to say that the actual added monies will come directly from the track itself and not from the purse. He further lamented that it is hope that by offering this as an experiment, that it will motivate trainers to stop using this type of drug.

Another that is banned in most parts of the world is Furosemide. It is a diuretic that is formulated as a way in treating heart failure as well as edema. It is also prescribed to assist in the prevention of nose bleeding during a race. During the 70’s, horses were not permitted to race if they had experienced nostril bleeding. It was for the protection of the animal however, after the completion of trials, there were some states that permitted its use. The problem with it, is that it also can act as a cover to other ailments the horse could be suffering from.

Those who ultimately have the animals best interest art heart are strong advocators to having the drug banned, much like websites such as www.pokiecasino.com, a gaming based internet site that has a strong focus on most forms of gambling. Recent research suggests that those policies seen in America are causing a decline in interest towards horse racing. The lack of integrity to protect the horse is seen as irresponsible and alienates many who use to be keen on the sport. Phipps mentioned and reiterated that those in the Jockey Club as will others, which was noted by CNN, continue to be advocates for the banning of these drugs.