The panel that regulates horse racing in Kentucky is circling back on a proposal that would put the state at the forefront of a race-day drug ban.
The Equine Drug Research Council, an advisory group to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, was discussing the controversial proposal at its meeting in Lexington on Wednesday. Later in the day, the commission is expected to consider the proposal, but no vote is expected.
The proposal would phase out race-day use of furosemide in graded or listed stakes races in the Bluegrass state, including the Kentucky Derby. A more sweeping proposed ban failed on a 7-7 vote at a tense commission meeting last month.
Furosemide is marketed as Lasix and Salix and is the only medication allowed to be given to horses on race day in the United States.