10/19/2012 5:40PM

Santa Anita notes: Lasix change advances in California

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ARCADIA, Calif. - The likelihood that California’s rules regarding the administration of Lasix will be changed to allow only non-practicing veterinarians, not a horse’s personal vet, to give Lasix shots on race day moved one step closer on Thursday. The state racing board, at its monthly meeting, posted the rule change for a 45-day notice.

That administrative move means that the rule change would likely be set for a vote at the California Horse Racing Board’s monthly meeting in January. A number of states in the past year have changed their rules regarding the administration of Lasix, and California now looks set to follow.

At the meeting Thursday, racing board commissioners were adamant that when the rule comes back for final approval, that it be consistent for all tracks in California, and the language regarding who gives the Lasix shots is resolved. The board asked Dr. Rick Arthur, the board’s equine medical director, to work with the board’s medication committee, and racing board staff, to craft the language.

At the board’s meeting last month, it endorsed the Breeders’ Cup language barring Lasix from BC races for 2-year-olds.

TVG to show Santa Anita races

Also at the Thursday racing board meeting, Santa Anita’s license for its winter-spring meeting was approved after all parties signed off on allowing Betfair TVG to show Santa Anita’s races. Until now, HRTV exclusively showed Santa Anita.

The reciprocal sharing of signals by Betfair TVG and HRTV has been a racing board priority. For instance, the upcoming fall meeting at Betfair Hollywood Park, and next spring’s Hollywood Park meeting, will be shown on HRTV as well as TVG.

◗ Jockey Rafael Bejarano, whose mount McAllister Boys was disqualified from victory Oct. 18 in race 1, was handed a three-day suspension by track stewards for “failure to maintain a straight course in the stretch, causing interference which resulted in the disqualification of his mount from first to second position.” Bejarano, the second-leading rider at the autumn meet, is suspended Oct. 25-27.

◗ Linda Laird, who with her husband, Dick, raced several notable horses, including 2005 Iowa Derby winner Shamoan, died on Monday morning in Solana Beach, Calif. She was 73. The Lairds were married for 48 years, and, as residents of Solana Beach, were daily regulars during the race season at nearby Del Mar.

– additional reporting by Brad Free

JDS0810 More than 1 year ago
Different strokes for different folks. Why is everyone so bitter?
Dawood K More than 1 year ago
TVG is a total joke. I had stopped using them since the last 6 years. There was not one single fellow who could get my attention when it came to discussion on handicapping or selections to bet on the races. Xpressbet is far superior and HRTV channel is not bad for racing at the presnt time. Watching TVG was total confusion and a disgrace to the entitiy who hired all the clowns. Bunch of incompetent guys who could not even get a job at a 7 Eleven or 99 Cents store. Who hired these bums ? Love to see his face.
mikey More than 1 year ago
Thank god less time i have to listen to that buch of clown's on TVG.Most of the time i turn down the sound.The HRTV crew is 50 time's better and don't think they are on the gong show.Between the punchy wrestler and sneaky catcher and not to mention the crazy man they are the worst.
Amy Hurley More than 1 year ago
Agree completely. Now I can enjoy Hollywood on HRTV - much superior in all aspects.
Dave Schuler More than 1 year ago
I DO Turn Off The Sound-The Music Is Crazy-lolk-DS
mikey More than 1 year ago
Repeal the Repole rule.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Don't let Repole see this.