Gulfstream Park plans to provide furosemide-free races for 2-year-olds in 2015.
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Gulfstream Park, in Hallandale Beach, Florida, plans to provide furosemide-free races for 2-year-olds in 2015 and eventually operate an on-track pharmacy to ensure tight policy of medication.
Frank Stronach, owner of The Stronach Group, said horse racing must execute reforms to instill self-confidence in the public and stakeholders such as owners, breeders, and racetracks. He described his plan including furosemide (marketed as Salix as well as referred to as Lasix) Aug. 13 at the Saratoga Institute on Racing & & Gaming Law in Saratoga Springs, New York.
“If we interact we can put on a fantastic program and convince the general public (that racetracks) are a terrific place to go,” Stronach stated. “We have to ask ourselves why we as an industry have gone backward.”.
Stronach supports medication-free racing on race day. He stated in the Gulfstream Park condition book next year, “the majority of the races will certainly be Lasix-free. I think we can learn and demonstrate that Lasix isn’t really required. Race-day medication must not be made use of.”.
Alon Ossip, chief executive officer of The Stronach Group, later clarified the prepare for 2015 is to provide some furosemide-free races for 2-year-olds just. The information will certainly be handled by Gulfstream president Tim Ritvo.
“We will try that assuming the market does not come together and prohibit Lasix for 2-year-olds next year,” Ossip stated. “We feel highly we need to educate individuals about this, however it isn’t simple.”.
A group of 25 Thoroughbred trainers has actually asked for furosemide-free 2-year-old racing for all races in 2015.
Gulfstream’s plan also includes a track-owned dispensary for medicines had to treat steeds. Stronach said the medicines would be trademarked for tracking functions, private veterinarians would need to submit regular reports, and an effort would be made to keep rates down for owners.
“The more drugs (vets) offer, the more money they make,” Stronach said. “We have to change. If we do not come up with a different model, the industry will certainly not make it through.”.
Security belongs of the plan. Stronach stated lawbreakers of the medication treatments would first receive a strong precaution and afterwards be ruled off for a 2nd offense depending on evaluations by what he called a fairness panel.
“We will take this seriously,” he stated. “We’ll speak to people and let them understand that any person can be searched. I can be browsed. We owe it to the general public. (Presumed people) will certainly be taken to a nice room and be stripped search, if that’s exactly what we need to do, in a dignified method.”.
Robert O’Neill, DVM, who is heading up the pharmacy project for Stronach, said it can be done lawfully but acknowledged it’s a “large endeavor.” He did keep in mind private veterinarians would write prescriptions, so if mistakes are made the racetrack would not be held responsible. Another alternative would be for Gulfstream to employ its own veterinarians to administer medication.
Stronach, when asked if he would pursue the New york city Racing Association (NYRA) franchise business need to it be set up for quote next year, didn’t address aside from to state states shouldn’t run racetracks. He did, however, provide suggestions to the present NYRA management and board of directors.
“If I can offer some little advice, lower the bags a bit and make excellent centers,” Stronach stated. “You require bags, however we understand it’s not a God-given right that everybody has a racehorse. It’s an advantage.”.
Stronach later on stated he means to talk about the Gulfstream strategy with the industry at huge. He said racetracks are the secret to producing modifications but likewise declared his racetrack return on investment is less than 1 %.
“We have to lead,” Stronach said. “I’m optimistic there can be an affordable return for steed owners and racetrack owners.”.
Initially released on BloodHorse.com.
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Tom LaMarra, a local of New Jersey and graduate of Rutgers University, has actually been information editor at The Blood-Horse considering that 1998. After graduation he workinged from newspapers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania as an editor and reporter with a focus on municipal government and politics. He likewise workinged from Daily Racing Kind and Thoroughbred Times prior to joining The Blood-Horse. LaMarra, who has resided in Lexington given that 1994, has won numerous composing awards and was acknowledged with the Old Hilltop Award for exceptional protection of the horse racing market. He prefers to invest some of his spare time handicapping races.