Court Order Suspends ADMC Program For 30 Days
The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority’s Anti-Doping and Medication Control Program has been suspended nationwide for 30 days given a March 31 ruling by a judge in the Northern District of Texas Court. The HISA Racetrack Safety Program, which began in July 2022, is not affected by the order.
The ADMC Program includes a prohibition on use of Lasix in races for 2-year-olds and in stakes. The Maryland Jockey Club, which has had a prohibition on Lasix in 2-year-old races and graded stakes for years, announced that Lasix will be permitted in its non-graded stakes in April at Laurel Park.
The Preakness Stakes post-position draw will be held Monday, May 15, at Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Baltimore and will include a public concert by English musician John Waite, who is known for his many popular songs in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
After days of negotiations, the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and Maryland Horse Breeders Association reached an agreement with the Maryland Jockey Club on hiring consultant John Passero to examine the Laurel Park dirt surface and make recommendations for its improvement in the wake of a string of equine injuries during training and racing.