The Maryland Racing Commission Aug. 27 took action on regulations regarding shock wave therapy, Lasix in graded stakes, and continuing education for trainers, and also approved a change in bonus payments under the Maryland Bred Race Fund.
Regarding shock wave therapy, new language will ban its use 10 days before a workout or breeze. The current regulation pertains only to use of shock wave therapy within 10 days of a race.
The MRC in July passed an emergency regulation—it took effect in August—that prohibits administration of Lasix in 2-year-olds 48 hours before a race. The new language will also prohibit administration of Lasix to horses in graded stakes effective Jan. 1, 2021.
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