05/11/2014 5:04PM

Veterinarian suspended for not administering Lasix


ARCADIA, Calif. – Southern California veterinarian Melinda Blue was fined $1,500 and suspended seven calendar days for failing to administer the anti-bleeding medication Lasix to a horse in her care, according to a ruling issued Saturday by Santa Anita stewards.

Blue was cited for failing to administer the medication to Miracle Merger prior to the first race at Santa Anita on Oct. 26, 2013. Miracle Merger, an 8-1 shot trained by Paula Capestro, finished third in a $12,500 claimer over six furlongs. Miracle Merger finished second in his next start, on Dec. 22.

In a hearing with Santa Anita stewards Scott Chaney, Kim Sawyer, and Tom Ward in early February, racing board investigators said a horse under Blue’s care did not receive a Lasix injection before a race despite being on the bleeders list. A post-race test revealed that the horse was not administered the medication.

At the hearing, Blue said she administered the medication.

The suspension runs from Thursday through May 21. Blue declined to comment on the ruling when approached in the stable area Sunday morning.

Humberto Gomez More than 1 year ago
This is a joke, she probably more than $100.000 thousand a year and she just paid $1.500
Shawn Britton More than 1 year ago
Hammer is coming down! Trainers vets. Owners wakeup!
Denise Constantinide More than 1 year ago
One of the best things in racing would be completely banning all vets like Blue. Anyone disagreeing doesn't know Blue's reputation.
mikey More than 1 year ago
Just another case where the cheater geat a slap on the wrist.The bettor gets it in the back.They need to be fined at least the amount bet on the horse.These fines can be paid all day and twice on sunday's.These stewards need to crack down and real fast.They worry about protecting the horses and jocks(as they must) but the player's are taken for granted.
Susan Crane-Sundell More than 1 year ago
Well perhaps the real infraction is lying to cover up the oversight. I guess the real question is did Miracle Merger bleed during the race? At least the horse got significant rest between starts.
Surasak More than 1 year ago
Miracle Merger might win in 25,000 clamming race next out with Lasix administered.
Dick Brasher More than 1 year ago
Not the first time she has had trouble....Lasix does cover up the 'other" dope.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She DIDN"T give the Lasix. Therefore your comment doesn't make any sense or have any relevance.
Quite A Dude More than 1 year ago
She says right above she "administered the medication"...
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
String er up.
BigSkyEquine More than 1 year ago
Dr Blue should have been given an ethics commendation for not administering a performance enhancing drug. Where Lasix is administered, horses break down 4 times more often, and jockeys are then injured.
Dave C More than 1 year ago
And the basis for that stat is? Its not like you could POSSIBLY have a control sample of equally aged horses not running on Lasix....(and I don't really think preventing pulmonary bleeding is considered performance enhancing...more like theraputic)
William Norton More than 1 year ago
Here's your "control sample" genius--lasix is banned in every other major racing jurisdiction in the world. Wonder why that is, since it does nothing more than "prevent pulmonary bleeding."