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  • Doping story on NPR

    I heard this on my way home today.

    http://www.npr.org/2013/04/23/178622...nned-in-europe

    As a person who has zero track experience (outside the grandstand) I'd appreciate hearing the opinions of those of you who have first hand knowledge. Thanks!

  • #2
    Wow. This "Rarick" lady sounds like a dumba**.

    "Every horse in America starts his day with a shot or two in the neck."

    Um... No, actually they don't. I don't know of ANY racehorse that starts his day off like that... This woman needs to get out more.

    I really disliked how Dale Romans was framed as a "bad guy" in the article, I have a lot of respect for the man as a trainer.
    *sigh*
    I guess I shouldn't take it so seriously anymore, same ol' BS from the uneducated.

    Thanks for posting though, entertaining at least.

    "Pat the horse; kick yourself" - Carl Hester

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    • #3
      To say "every horse in America starts his day with a shot or two in the neck" is a complete and outright lie! Lasix is not what is detrimental to racing, the public perception of this drug is insanely exaggerated. I am not saying our industry is perfect, far be it, but banning Lasix is not the answer. The bleeding hearts are barking up the wrong tree. Our training regimen and whole racing operations are so grossly opposite of the Euros that is is hardly comparible. You can't have any reasonable comparisons when you are dealing with apples and oranges, simple as that! My first hand knowledge of galloping and being a assistant trainer for over thirty years, seven days a week, sun up to sundown.
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      • #4
        It's NPR. Europe good, America BAD. They probably skipped over Godolphin's European runners testings positive for banned drugs.
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          #5
          Thanks guys, I felt like something was off, but couldn't say for sure. What's the whole bleeding into the lungs thing about though? (sorry if this is common knowledge, I live in H\J land so I'm clueless about racing)

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          • #6
            Originally posted by danceronice View Post
            It's NPR. Europe good, America BAD. They probably skipped over Godolphin's European runners testings positive for banned drugs.
            I don't see how you're getting that from NPR. There are stories on problems in Europe daily.

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              Originally posted by summerly View Post
              To say "every horse in America starts his day with a shot or two in the neck" is a complete and outright lie! Lasix is not what is detrimental to racing, the public perception of this drug is insanely exaggerated. I am not saying our industry is perfect, far be it, but banning Lasix is not the answer. The bleeding hearts are barking up the wrong tree. Our training regimen and whole racing operations are so grossly opposite of the Euros that is is hardly comparible. You can't have any reasonable comparisons when you are dealing with apples and oranges, simple as that! My first hand knowledge of galloping and being a assistant trainer for over thirty years, seven days a week, sun up to sundown.
              Can you elaborate on this, and its role in bleeding in the lungs? I am not being snarky, but genuinely curious.

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              • #8
                I find the 100 percent acceptance of lasix in American racing to be a bit odd. IMO, all it does is perpetuate the genetics that lead horses to bleed when worked hard. This cannot be good for the breed.
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                • #9
                  I heard this yesterday as well and feel like I agreed with the program. I've been a racing aficionado for years and still don't understand why they need Lasix to run. Don't get me wrong, i'm not asking this question as a bleeding heart.

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                    Originally posted by Button View Post
                    Thanks guys, I felt like something was off, but couldn't say for sure. What's the whole bleeding into the lungs thing about though? (sorry if this is common knowledge, I live in H\J land so I'm clueless about racing)
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