The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has scheduled a town hall meeting for June 5 to discuss the proposed three-year phase-out of the race-day drug furosemide.
The meeting will be held in Room 169 of the Capitol Annex in Frankfort from 1-4 p.m. EDT, the commission said May 21. The meeting is open to all interested parties.
The KHRC discussed but didn’t approve a proposed regulation for the anti-bleeding medication also known as Salix or Lasix. The proposal will be addressed at the June 5 meeting.
Under the proposal, as of Jan. 1, 2013, no Salix would be permitted on race day in graded or listed stakes for foals of 2011 or to any other horse of any age that is entered to compete in a graded or listed stakes against a horse of the 2011 foal crop.
As of Jan. 1, 2014, Salix wouldn’t be permitted in graded or listed stakes for foals of 2011 and 2012 or for any other horse of any age that is entered to compete in a graded or listed stakes against a horse of the 2011 or 2012 foal crops.
As of Jan. 1, 2015, no horses could be administered Salix in graded or listed stakes. The prohibition wouldn’t apply to any other races in Kentucky.