Proposed Ban On Race Day Drug May Resurface

May 16, 2012

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The race-day use of an anti-bleeding drug is expected to come up for another round of discussion when the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission meets on Wednesday.

The issue is listed on the commission's agenda, though no vote is expected.

The agenda mentions a revised proposal to phase out use of furosemide on race days. Furosemide is marketed under brand names Lasix or Salix. The drug is used to treat pulmonary hemorrhaging in racehorses.

Last month, a proposal to ban the drug on race days failed on a 7-7 roll call vote.

The proposal would have made Kentucky the first state to ban race-day use of furosemide.

Supporters said the ban would improve the sport's image. Opponents said it would drive trainers and horses out of Kentucky.