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Two-Year-Old Lasix Ban Rescinded in PA

The ban on the use of race day Lasix for two-year-olds in PA was rescinded by the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission on Thursday, January 24 as a result of the combined efforts of PTHA President Salvatore DeBunda, Executive Director Michael P. Ballezzi, and Archer and Greiner attorneys Pat Doran and Gary Fry.

“Banning the use of Lasix on race day would present a potential health hazard to two-year-olds, as well as a negative economic impact on racing,” said PTHA Executive Director Michael Ballezzi.

Lasix (furosemide) is a diuretic which has proven effective in preventing EIPH, or “bleeding” from the lungs in racehorses.