Another battle over the medication Salix is brewing. We say “another”
because Thoroughbred racing has been wrestling with this drug on and off
since the 1970s when there was a mixed bag of prohibition and
acceptance among the racing states. New York was the last state to fall,
lifting its ban in 1995.
Today, debate is heating up again over the
effectiveness of the anti-bleeder medication (formerly known under the
brand name Lasix) and more importantly whether it should be allowed on
race day since research has shown it is a performance-enhancing drug.