In a reversal of their previously announced medication policy, Breeders' Cup officials announced Friday they would allow the race-day use of the anti-bleeder medication Lasix in all of their races for the 2014 World Championships at Santa Anita Park.
In 2011, the Breeders' Cup stated plans to ban the use of Lasix in its juvenile races for 2012 with the ultimate goal of disallowing the use of race-day medication in all of its races by 2013. The board began backing off that pledge last March when it voted instead to maintain only the ban in this year's 2-year-old Breeders' Cup races.
Citing that no U.S. racing jurisdiction has yet banned the use of race-day medication and that "none of our potential future host sites has been able to offer assurances that such an eventuality is likely in the near term," the Breeders' Cup released a statement Friday saying that "in evaluating host-site options for 2014, it became apparent that the race-day medication policy for 2014 would have to be consistent with rules in effect in any eligible host jurisdiction at the time of the event."
This year's Breeders' Cup will be held at Santa Anita for a second consecutive year on Nov. 1-2. A handful of 2-year-olds who ran on the championship card last November did reportedly bleed.
Alicia Wincze Hughes