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Parx Racing to Implement Third-Party Lasix Administration

On Monday, August 4, 2014, Parx Racing will implement a state-mandated third-party lasix administration system. The private veterinarians at Parx were informed of the details by PTHA Executive Director Mike Ballezzi on Tuesday, July 1st, while PTHA members gathered for information on Saturday, July 5th.

Lasix administration will be handled by Kunz Equine Veterinarians, led by Dr. Celeste Kunz. Dr. Kunz is available for any questions via phone at 908-875-5075, as well as by email.


The PARX in-today placard system designates the horse’s stall as a quarantined area with restrictions placed on those entering that stall on race day. The in-today placards should be posted adjacent to the horse’s stall door by 7:00 am the morning of the race. Reusable in-today placards are available from the stall office, the quantity of which is distributed according to need. An escalating fine system will be in place for non-compliance.

Only trainers, caretakers, and farriers are allowed in the detention stall on race day. Veterinarians are permitted in the horse’s detention stall if the horse requires emergency veterinary care. In those cases, the veterinarian is required to contact the stewards or state veterinarian.


Veterinarians administering lasix (salix) are given a route based on the location of barns in the stable area. Each trainer has the responsibility to ensure that there is an attendant with the horse at lasix time. PARX lasix slips have the horse’s name and tattoo, a section for dosage amount, time, attendant’s signature, and veterinarian’s signature. The attendant will be asked to sign the lasix slip as the witness to administration. The lasix slips will be submitted to the stewards and held until the horse’s blood clears laboratory testing. For bio-security purposes, attendants lift their own horse’s lip for the veterinarian to check the tattoo.

The Pennsylvania Racing Commission requires the administration of lasix at least 4 hours prior to post-time, with a dose of 100-500 mg (2-10 cc) by intravenous route only. The lasix veterinarians will work strictly within those parameters. Horsemen can write the amount of lasix desired on the in-today placard with a dry-erase marker. In those cases where the amount of lasix is not verbalized or designated on the placard, 5 cc of lasix will be administered.

Horses on the PARX Treatment List will be expected to receive lasix, so trainers should communicate scratches to the stewards early and prior to treatment time. Shippers intending to ship into private barns should notify the stall office 24 hours in advance. In addition, all shippers will be required to declare a veterinarian designated for their horse at time of entry, so that there will be medical assistance available in the event of an emergency.


Veterinarians administering lasix are licensed specifically for that role. To clarify the exclusivity of their practice, lasix veterinarians disqualify themselves from practice on thoroughbred racehorses and sign affidavits to that effect.


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