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Duane Wants The Drugs Out Of Horse Racing
http://www.capitaltonight.com/2011/09/duane-wants-the-drugs-out-of-horse-racing/

OK, maybe not steroids for race horses, but Sen. Tom Duane is pushing a new measure that would ban the use of performance enhancing drugs in the thoroughbred industry.

The legislation is aimed at stemming the use of the diurectic Lasix, which is meant to stop nose bleeds in horses.

But the drug, which has been in use since the 1970s, has been criticized for damaging horses in the long run and is no longer in use overseas or in some parts of Canada.

“Unil this legislation becomes law, I urge everyone ro refrain from wagering on any horse that is being does with Lasix — or worse,” Duane said in a statement. “No one in the horesracing industry should be monetarily rewarded for racing a horse which may be too sick to run without such drugs.”

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