06/04/2014 8:58AM

Ontario HBPA supports ban on race-day medication

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ETOBICOKE, Ontario – The Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association of Ontario announced Tuesday that it will submit a plan to the Ontario Racing Commission to ban race-day medication in the province.

If implemented, the plan would prevent veterinarians from entering a horse’s stall on the day it is entered to race. However, the administration of the anti-bleeding medication Lasix still would be permitted.

“The horse-racing industry, particularly horse people, continues to receive blame for not addressing the issue of administration of medications to our horses,” said Sue Leslie, president of the Ontario HBPA. “Our customers rightly deserve to be confident that horses are racing clean on race day.”

The issue was initially raised at an ORC industry consultation meeting. The board of directors of the HBPA said further research and observing negative publicity in the United States over the issue contributed to their decision.

While the implementation process is expected to take a few months, the HBPA of Ontario is hoping to send a message with this proposal that the health and welfare of horses is a top priority throughout the industry.

Robin Dawson More than 1 year ago
When you consider what a big deal this is...its sad that so few have registered in this slot. Doesn't that tell you just how depressed things are?
Stephen Mercier More than 1 year ago
BRAVO !
Robin Dawson More than 1 year ago
This is huge. And I congralulate the local HBPA, who have shown up their counterparts in Kentucky. Its just a matter of time before all Grade A racetracks will enforce a Hong Kong-style system, where the only Vets allowed on the grounds will be those employed by the racetrack.
Charles Sakach More than 1 year ago
"If implemented, the plan would prevent veterinarians from entering a horse’s stall on the day it is entered to race." Not sure if this is the right thing to do because a veterinarian can spot an ailment that might keep the horse out of the race. Perhaps it should be like, "Veterinarians will not be permitted to have in their possession the ability to administer medication during the race-day examination." Anyway, I would be totally for any move that would restrict race-day medication. This is the way it was years ago in New York...even Lasix was banned... - AND - this was the way it was years ago for all 2yos regardless of where they were being raced.
Chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Relax, Charles, in almost every case a Vet is called in by a Trainer with questions. AND, a Vet does not need a syringe to examine a horse. For a pre-race exam, that's the job of the State Vet. This is a good good rule.
Chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
How can this not go forward throughout North America...