The horse in my avatar is a QH reining horse. He is the sire of a foal I have right now.
As far as Lasix you would be more qualified than I, but, it was my understanding that long ago they would use Lasix to effect the bleeding because a horse would stop if he was bleeding and tasted it, and that old time trainers before testing became so much better as it is today, that trainers would use Lasix to mask other stimulating enhancers, I am asking not telling.
Could Big Brown have had a need for Lasix or was he already on it.
When reading that the wire horse or the horse that was leading the race got away with a slow first mile then it would stand to reason that the lead or wire horse cutting the mile had an easy trip making it very difficult for horses in the rear to make up the ground and to overcome the eventual winner. Could that have been the case with Big Brown?
Has there been any justification in print for what was reported that the Jockey eased Big Brown?
Last edited by Spring~Fields; 06-11-2008 at 05:39 PM.
But, taking that particular moment in context, he was asked point blank, "Is Big Brown healthy?". There should have been no insecurity in answering that question. If he was healthy, the response should have been quickly and without the subconscious shifting of the eyes.
Last edited by Kingspoint; 06-11-2008 at 06:58 PM.
I haven't seen that decision criticized, to be honest. He eased the horse at the top of the stretch after the field had already gone by. He'd already asked him to run and got a negative answer, so there was no benefit to pushing him hard down the stretch.Has there been any justification in print for what was reported that the Jockey eased Big Brown?
Not all who wander are lost
The reason horses don't run well when they bleed doesn't have anything to do with tasting blood. With very strenuous excercise, the blood pressure in some horses lungs increases to the point that blood actually leaks into the airways. With the advent of endoscopy and high speed treadmills, it has been discovered that there are many horses who have hemorrhaging into their airways who do not show blood from the nostrils.
Lasix is a diuretic which decreases the blood pressure within the lungs. I don't know whether Big Brown has always raced on Lasix or if this is a recent thing for him. As I understand it, he was given Lasix for the Belmont.
Dutrow faces ban for horse's positive testby Associated PressUpdated: June 25, 2008, 11:29 AM EST52 comments add this Rick Dutrow, trainer of Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Big Brown, is facing a 15-day suspension by Kentucky racing officials after another horse he trains exceeded the allowable limit for a drug that increases lung capacity.
Two separate drug tests on 8-year-old gelding Salute the Count revealed the horse had twice the allowable limit of Clenbuterol in his system after finishing second in the Aegon Turf Sprint at Churchill Downs on May 2, said John Veitch, chief steward of the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority.
Clenbuterol is often used by humans who suffer from asthma. Veitch said use of the drug in horses has grown because it can increase lung capacity. It is considered a Class B drug. Though use of the drug is legal under Kentucky racing guidelines, it cannot be administered 72 hours before a race.
"It's a respiratory enhancer," Veitch said. "It's become quite popular in racing medication because it's used to train on."
Dutrow waived his right to a hearing but plans to file a written appeal, which he must do within the next 10 days. There's no timetable on when Dutrow's appeal will be heard, Veitch said.