Race-day Lasix in non-graded stakes remains in place
Given the delay in the launch of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority's Anti-Doping and Medication Control Program, the existing regulations governing the use of Lasix in Maryland remain in effect.
Currently, administration of Lasix is not permitted within 48 hours of a race for graded stakes and all 2-year-old races, including stakes. Race-day Lasix is permitted in all other races, including non-graded stakes. Please note that the Laurel Park stakes book and January condition book indicate Lasix isn't permitted within 48 hours in non-graded stakes, but that is not correct.
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.