Updated on 10/24/2012 3:26PM

Keeneland: State vets fail to administer Lasix to horse prior to race


LEXINGTON, Ky. – For the second time in nearly three weeks, state veterinarians made an error regarding the administration of furosemide to a horse entered at Keeneland. The horse, a heavy favorite in Wednesday's fourth race, was scheduled to run on the anti-bleeding medication, but was forced to race without it.

Infrattini, trained by Paul McGee and owned by Mike Zlaket’s Z Thoroughbreds, finished first anyway without the medication, the first time he has run in his 14 races without the drug. The horse was announced to be running without Lasix in a “program change” throughout the early afternoon, and the change appeared on the bottom of the video feed scroll.

Dr. Mary Scollay, the equine medical director for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, said the error occurred because of a mix-up in vet’s records over the location of the horse. She said state vets have already reviewed how the error occurred and have put in place a new protocol to avoid making a similar mistake.

McGee said that state veterinary personnel took the blame.

“They took full responsibility for the oversight, and they were apologetic,” McGee said. “But it doesn’t sit very well with me, and it doesn’t sit well with Mr. Zlaket.”

McGee said that he decided to run Infrattini because “the horse doesn’t have a history of bleeding.”

The KHRC took over responsibility for raceday furosemide shots at the start of the Keeneland meeting on Oct. 5. On opening day, state vets gave furosemide to a horse who was not scheduled to receive it. That horse finished second.