11/14/2012 2:34PM

Churchill Downs: Veterinarian's Lasix error results in another scratch


LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Yet another Lasix snafu occurred on the Kentucky racing circuit Wednesday at when Outofsiteoutofmind had to be scratched from the fourth race at Churchill Downs after being given two injections at the receiving barn, apparently by the same veterinarian employed by the Kentucky state veterinarian’s office.

Churchill steward Butch Becraft confirmed that the error occurred Wednesday morning, necessitating the scratch. He said Wednesday afternoon that the incident was still under investigation and that the name of the veterinarian was being withheld pending its conclusion.

This is at least the fourth Lasix mix-up since Oct. 5, when the state veterinarian’s office began giving pre-race shots to all Kentucky starters. Private veterinarians had given Lasix treatments until the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission changed the law earlier this year.

Two known snafus occurred at the Keeneland meet, although neither affected horse had to be scratched. A scratch was necessitated Sunday at Churchill after a horse named Booby Prize was treated with Lasix injections by two different veterinarians prior to his scheduled start in an $8,000 claiming event.

Phil Sims, the trainer of Outofsiteoutofmind, said he was informed of the Wednesday mix-up prior to leaving his Lexington home for the races in Louisville. Sims said his son and assistant, Matt, was overseeing the horse in his stead at Churchill. Sims said he will not be able to recoup the expenses incurred with shipping in for the race, a $30,000 claiming event with a $22,500 purse.