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HANA Blog -Alkalinization, Lasix and Milkshaking: A Veterinarianís View
|| HANA Blog -Alkalinization, Lasix and Milkshaking: A Veterinarianís View
HANA Blog -Alkalinization, Lasix and Milkshaking: A Veterinarianís View:
In my opinion, the most disturbing thing in Dr. Gustafson's write up is the following paragraph:
"It should be noted here, as well, that California allows trainers to take horses on and off Lasix without public knowledge. The attending veterinarians are allowed to use the steroidal estrogen hormone Premarin instead of Lasix. The California attending veterinarians are at liberty to switch out established race-day Lasix administration for race-day Premarin without the public disclosure of the change. All the while the horse is listed on the program as a Lasix horse race after race, despite differing medication regimens from race to race. This can result in significant variations in the type and dosage of administered medications from race to race, with associated alterations in performance. A horse listed as a Lasix horse may legally receive Premarin instead of Lasix. Next race the horse may receive Lasix, or Lasix plus Premarin, or only Premarin. The betting public is not made aware of these medication switches. Potential performance variations because of medication changes are hidden from the public by the California Horse Racing Board. Its regulatory veterinarians are forbidden to disclose the information to anyone but the testing laboratory, so the lab knows why certain Lasix horses do not have Lasix in their urine. The race-to-race medication choices are orchestrated and controlled by the racing veterinarians administering the race-day medications."
How can a state regulatory body like the C.H.R.B. have so little regard for the betting public it was created to protect?
~Edited by: jeff on: 5/27/2012 at: 2:51:39 AM~