Stronach: Pimlico owners want state to ban drug widely used on horses on race day

For the past several decades, there has been no place in professional sports for the use of performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) by participating athletes. If PEDs are neither acceptable nor necessary, why then is the anti-bleeding medication Lasix still being used in Maryland’s thoroughbred racing industry? Use of Lasix (technically known as Furosemide) was originally allowed by the Maryland Racing Commission in the 1970s, but only following a veterinarian’s examination and confirmation that the horse had such a severe medical condition called exercise induced pulmonary hemorrhage, commonly known as “severe bleeding.” (Balt Sun)

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