Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 2:15 pm |
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Breeders’ Cup President and CEO Drew Fleming | Breeders’ Cup photo
The 2021 Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge Series races will be run without Lasix, it was announced Wednesday. Breeders’ Cup officials also revealed that graded stakes points for the purposes of selection by committee into a Breeders’ Cup race will only be awarded for graded races that are contested Lasix-free.
Horses that raced on the ‘Future Stars Friday’ program of the 2020 Breeders’ Cup World Championships were forbidden from running on Lasix, in addition to a large number of juvenile races across the country over the course of the racing season. The passage of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA) last December presents a framework for the American horse racing industry going forward. Under HISA, Lasix-free racing will be the standard as of July 2022.
“Even before HISA was signed into law, running the World Championships Lasix-free was a goal of Breeders’ Cup,” said Drew Fleming, President and CEO of Breeders’ Cup Limited. “Extending this standard to all races associated with the Breeders’ Cup World Championships will hopefully set an example for other racetracks and stakeholders to embrace forthcoming safety and integrity measures, including the elimination of race day medication, as a new, safer era for our storied sport approaches.”
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