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Bill Walsh

January 27, 2014

Divine Fortune Wins 2013 Eclipse Award

Divine Fortune, winner of the $250,000 Grand National Grade 1 Hurdle Stakes at the Far Hills Races (N.J.) in October, has won the 2013 Eclipse Award as Thoroughbred racing’s champion steeplechase horse.

An 11-year-old gelding (Royal Anthem—My Tombola, Northern Fling), Divine Fortune raced in the colors of leading 2013 steeplechase owner William Pape and is trained by leading 2013 trainer Jonathan Sheppard. 

January 27, 2014

NSA Adopts Uniform Medication Rules

The National Steeplechase Association’s Board of Directors voted unanimously on Jan. 17 to adopt the Mid Atlantic Uniform Medication Program rules.

The rules make Lasix (the diuretic furosemide, whose veterinary trade name is Salix) the only medication that can be administered on race day, and then only by a designated veterinarian.

The rules identify 24 controlled therapeutic substances that can be administered to the horse. All other medications are prohibited. There are also recommended dosages and suggested pre-race withdrawal guidelines.

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