HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (AP) Gulfstream Park will offer four Lasix-free races this weekend.
All will be over 4-1/2 furlongs and for 2-year-olds, with two of the races on Saturday and the others on Sunday. Gulfstream has been working with Dr. Stephen Selway, who is involved in a study involving juveniles racing with and without Lasix.
The anti-bleeding medication has long been a source of debate in American thoroughbred racing. It’s legal at U.S. tracks to administer to horses on a race day, though that’s not permitted at most international tracks. Virtually every race in the U.S. includes horses on Lasix.
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Selway’s study has been backed by Zayat Stables, the owner of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.
Gulfstream plans more Lasix-free races for juvenile maidens over six furlongs on Aug. 15 and Aug. 16.