Lasix to be discussed at public meeting June 5

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission will have a three-hour town hall meeting June 5 to allow public comment on the proposed phaseout of the use of the anti-bleeder medication furosemide during races.

The hearing will be at the Capitol Annex, Room 169, in Frankfort, beginning at 1 p.m.

The racing commission is likely to vote on the proposed ban June 13. It would stop the use of the drug known as Lasix or Salix in all stakes races beginning with 2-year-olds in 2013. By 2015, furosemide would be banned from stakes races for horses of all ages, but it could still be used in lower-level races and during training.