The NHBPA based its position on race-day medication on the existing scientific evidence that shows that most racehorses will bleed sometime in their careers, and Furosemide (Lasix/Salix) has been proven to reduce or prevent EIPH. Thus, its use is in the best interest of the welfare of racing horses and, by extension, the safety of the jockeys that ride those horses.
National HBPA President and Chairman Joe Santanna noted at the meeting, “The National HBPA will continue to advocate that changes to the industry’s rules and regulations regarding medication be based on scientific fact, not opinions. That’s who we are.”
Santanna also reminded attendees of three under-reported facts regarding U. S. horse racing based on Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI) data:
- 25% of all equine participants are drug tested in each race
- 99.5% of all horses tested are in compliance with existing scientific standards
- 98% of 6,000 licensed trainers have no Class 1 or 2 medication violations
President and Chairman Santanna stated, "I believe that the public positions taken by our Board today send the message out that while we and industry regulators may still have work to do on how we regulate and penalize horsemen with regard to the use of legitimate therapeutic medications, we are very much united with regulators on passing even tougher penalties for those found guilty of using substances that we all agree don’t belong any where near a horse – the performance enhancing non-therapeutic ARCI Class 1 and 2 listed substances.”
Ohio HBPA Executive Director Dave Basler and NHBPA Deputy Counsel Peter Ecabert will be advocating the above positions on behalf of the NHBPA at the RCI’s Drug Testing Standards and Practices Committee meeting on July 26 and the RCI’s Model Rules Committee Meeting on July 27. Additionally, Florida HBPA Executive Director and NHBPA Medication Committee Chairman Kent Stirling will be advocating the above positions on behalf of the NHBPA at Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) meeting on August 4.
Also at the convention, the NHBPA presented its Industry Service Award to Arkansas HBPA President and National HBPA Secretary-Treasurer and past president Bill Walmsley. Walmsley’s selfless dedication, efforts, and wise counsel to the National HBPA over the last two decades have been instrumental in uniting and strengthening to organization and raising its prominence and level of respect within the industry.
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