Kentucky Bans Race Day Use of Anti-Bleeding Drug

Jun 14, 2012

Kentucky will be the first horse-racing state to ban race-day use of an anti-bleeding drug known as Lasix, also known by its generic name of furosemide. The ruling by the state's Horse Racing Commission would ban of the use of furosemide in some upper-level stakes races beginning in 2014. And it would apply to the Kentucky Derby the next year.

Although furosemide is used in humans as a diuretic, it's considered a performance-enhancing drug in the horse-racing industry. It's use in horses in banned in many places around the world.

Its Kentucky ban still needs the state legislature's approval, according to WAVE-TV in Louisville. The ban is not widely supported in the horse-racing industry, the station reported.