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Racing Suffers from Lack of National Leadership

Because Thoroughbred racing is devoid of national leadership or a structure that brings all of its parts together, the business and sport evolves without any of the traditional long-range planning you would find in most industries. As a result, the racing business on this continent is driven by trial and error. I’m afraid some developments in racing remind me of that old expression about how difficult it is to put toothpaste back in the tube. Figuratively speaking, racing has toothpaste spilled all over. Some examples: Lasix – Let’s get this one out of the way first, and I know there will be plenty of pushback from some proponents of this medication. When Lasix was first introduced to treat bleeders, it was done with the best of intentions. Horses that bled were treated with the diuretic and horsemen and veterinarians were convinced that it reduced the incidence of bleeding. However, before…

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