Under pressure from animal-rights groups and a growing public perception that horse racing is cruel, the three tracks that host the Triple Crown races formed a coalition on Thursday and agreed to seek a ban on race-day medication for all of their 2-year-old races beginning next year and to extend that practice for stakes races — the sport’s highest level — in 2021.
The new policy would move the United States closer to the standards in Europe, Australia and Hong Kong, where strict rules about medication are thought to have helped make horse fatalities far rarer than they are here. The proposed policy is also an attempt to change the conversation — directing it away from the recent 23 horse fatalities at Santa Anita Park — as the Kentucky Derby approaches and casual sports fans turn their attention to horse racing.
This partial ban must be approved by regulators in Kentucky, New York, Maryland and other states with racetracks in the coalition. It is certain to be opposed by some trainers and owners in various jurisdictions. In fact, in 2011, the American Graded Stakes Committee and the Breeders’ Cup, which runs an annual world championship, adopted similar rules only to abandon them within two years after pressure from trainers and owners.
If the changes are adopted, however, it would mean that horses competing in the 2021 Triple Crown races — the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, the Preakness at Pimlico Race Course and the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park — would run without receiving a shot of furosemide on the day of the race.
The drug, commonly referred to as Lasix, is a diuretic that has been banned on race days in Europe and many other parts of the world. The drug can reduce a horse’s weight by up to 30 pounds, which is believed to enhance performance because a lighter horse may run faster. It is also thought to increase the chance of a catastrophic injury to a horse’s thin legs.
“This is a progressive and unified approach to the subject of race-day medication, achieving consistency with international standards for young horses and those that form the foundations of our breeding stock,” David O’Rourke, the chief executive of the New York Racing Association, which operates Aqueduct, Belmont and Saratoga, said in a statement.
The fatalities at Santa Anita have prompted an investigation by the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office, condemnations from the state’s elected officials, including Senator Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California, and calls to shut down the sport altogether.
“This is a huge moment that signals a collective move to evolve this legacy sport,” said Belinda Stronach, the chairwoman and president of the Stronach Group, whose holdings include Santa Anita, Gulfstream Park in Florida and Pimlico, home of the Preakness. “While there is still more work to be done, these reforms are a good start.”
The Stronach Group, in the wake of the deaths at Santa Anita, has already issued even stronger rules about the care of horses than the proposal for the Triple Crown races.
The announcement came 16 days ahead of the Kentucky Derby, which kicks off the Triple Crown season: a five-week stretch during which tens of millions of casual sports fans tune into the telecasts of the year’s biggest races. The host tracks hope to reduce growing concerns about American horse racing, which has a fatality rate two and half to five times higher than the industry in any other country, according to recent studies.
In a 2012 series, The New York Times showed that 24 horses died per week at racetracks across America, many of them because of overmedication or a lack of regulatory protection. Nearly 10 horses a week died on American racetracks in 2018, according to the Jockey Club’s Equine Injury database. The number is lower in part because the database does not include deaths during morning training, which were included in the Times investigation.
“It took 23 dead horses on one track, but we were sure that the racing industry could change if it wanted to — and phasing out Lasix for stakes races and for 2-year-olds is an excellent first step in what must be an ongoing overhaul of racing rules nationwide,” said Kathy Guillermo, the senior vice president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, a group that has been pushing the industry to change its practices. “Now, ban all medications in the two weeks before a race, ban trainers with multiple medication violations, mandate complete public transparency of injury and medication records, end whipping, and switch to high-quality synthetic tracks.”
Horse racing has traditionally been slow to embrace change, especially when it comes to drugs. Many horse trainers across the nation say medication is aimed at keeping their animals healthy and competing. The trainers do not want to surrender the right to to use it, arguing that they know best how to maintain the health of a racehorse.
Some of those trainers and horse owners were digging in their heels on Thursday afternoon.
“Furosemide has been a hot-button topic within horse racing for well over a decade, yet no one credibly believes that its use has an effect on breakdowns,” Joe Appelbaum, president of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, said in a statement. “Our trainers widely believe that furosemide is an effective tool in combating exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage.”
【风】【轻】【染】【将】【大】【家】【的】【任】【务】【都】【给】【安】【排】【布】【置】【了】。 【嗯】，【就】【差】【云】【鸿】【上】【来】【了】，【还】【有】【等】【绳】【子】【回】【来】【了】。 【这】【时】，【风】【叶】【拉】【了】【拉】【风】【轻】【染】【的】【衣】【袖】。 “【小】【染】，【那】【我】【要】【做】【什】【么】，【大】【家】【你】【都】【给】【安】【排】【了】【任】【务】，【怎】【么】【没】【有】【给】【我】【安】【排】【事】【情】【呢】？” 【风】【叶】【肯】【定】【是】【有】【任】【务】【的】，【不】【然】，【把】【人】【叫】【来】【做】【什】【么】，【没】【事】【做】【的】【话】，【多】【尴】【尬】，【而】【且】【还】【不】【如】【让】【她】【在】【部】【落】【里】【多】
【刚】【要】【开】【口】【询】【问】，【就】【听】【门】【外】【突】【然】【传】【来】【了】【一】【阵】【急】【促】【的】【脚】【步】【声】，【一】【位】【身】【着】【军】【装】【的】【男】【子】【快】【步】【走】【入】【厅】【内】，【冲】【着】【曹】【操】【恭】【敬】【的】【抱】【拳】【说】【道】： “【启】【禀】【将】【军】，【刚】【从】【窗】【口】【逃】【走】【的】【三】【人】，【已】【被】【我】【军】【抓】【获】，【请】【问】【该】【如】【何】【处】【置】？” 【此】【话】【一】【出】，【就】【见】【华】【兴】【面】【色】【骤】【变】。 【在】【惊】【愕】【之】【余】，【眉】【宇】【间】【也】【显】【出】【了】【浓】【浓】【的】【歉】【意】。 【因】【为】【在】【他】【看】【来】，【今】【日】【之】【事】六个彩网上投注站下载【盛】【世】【大】【汉】，【东】【都】【临】【淄】，【大】【剧】【院】，【座】【无】【虚】【席】。 【咚】【咚】【咚】……【锵】【锵】【锵】…… 【一】【阵】【密】【集】【的】【鼓】【点】【锣】【声】【过】【后】，【身】【着】【华】【丽】【戏】【服】【手】【持】【宝】【剑】【的】【女】【子】【再】【次】【出】【现】【在】【了】【戏】【台】【之】【上】，【短】【暂】【的】【亮】【相】【之】【后】，【便】【以】【凄】【婉】【的】【戏】【腔】【开】【唱】： 【敌】【军】【已】【略】【地】， 【四】【面】【楚】【歌】【声】。 【霸】【王】【意】【气】【尽】， 【贱】【妾】【何】【聊】【生】。 …… 【这】【是】【最】【近】【火】【爆】【临】【淄】【娱】【乐】【圈】【的】
【太】【监】【声】【明】 【这】【本】【书】【写】【不】【下】【去】【了】………… 【还】【是】【违】【背】【了】【自】【己】【的】【承】【诺】【啊】。 【最】【近】【步】【入】【大】【三】，【琐】【事】【缠】【身】，【还】【要】【烦】【心】【考】【研】【和】【工】【作】，【实】【在】【没】【有】【时】【间】【更】【新】。 【尤】【其】【是】【听】【了】【一】【个】【招】【聘】【讲】【座】，【残】【酷】【的】【现】【状】【更】【是】【击】【溃】【了】【我】【本】【人】 【每】【天】【更】【新】【要】【花】【掉】【我】【四】【五】【个】【小】【时】【的】【时】【间】，【在】【电】【脑】【前】【无】【意】【义】【地】【从】【中】【午】【坐】【到】【下】【午】，【一】【直】【在】【琢】【磨】【下】【面】【的】【剧】【情】
【不】【单】【单】【是】【顾】【清】【川】【惊】【讶】，【他】【看】【到】【顾】【时】【今】【脸】【上】【也】【出】【现】【意】【外】【的】【神】【情】，【整】【个】【教】【室】【的】【人】【都】【大】【吃】【了】【一】【惊】，【也】【难】【怪】，【这】【个】【教】【室】【里】【每】【个】【人】【的】【名】【字】【单】【独】【拿】【出】【来】【都】【耳】【熟】【能】【详】，【有】【好】【多】【熟】【悉】【的】【面】【孔】，【唯】【独】【这】【个】【沈】【瑜】，【闻】【所】【未】【闻】，【没】【想】【到】【半】【路】【杀】【出】【来】【这】【么】【一】【匹】【黑】【马】。 “【谁】【是】【沈】【瑜】？”【有】【人】【问】。 “【对】【啊】【对】【啊】，【以】【前】【怎】【么】【没】【听】【过】【这】【个】【名】【字】，【第】【一】
【船】【身】【倾】【斜】【的】【厉】【害】，【底】【下】【不】【时】【传】【来】【轰】【隆】【的】【声】【音】，【船】【身】【倾】【斜】【的】【更】【加】【的】【厉】【害】，【但】【是】【竟】【然】【不】【坍】【塌】。 【吸】【血】【鬼】【终】【于】【找】【到】【了】【那】【个】【位】【置】，【他】【掏】【出】【自】【己】【的】【匕】【首】，【用】【力】【的】【扎】【进】【去】，【然】【后】【一】【点】【一】【点】【的】【用】【力】【的】【撬】【着】。 【有】【亮】【光】【透】【过】【来】，【铺】【面】【而】【来】【的】【是】【腥】【咸】【的】【海】【的】【味】【道】。 “【一】【起】【推】！”【吸】【血】【鬼】【说】【道】，【他】【们】【三】【个】【一】【起】【用】【力】。 “【还】【有】【三】【十】【秒】！”【顾】【相】