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Horse mistakenly given drug on first day of new rule | The Courier-Journal | courier-journal.com
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A horse was mistakenly given an anti-bleeding drug at Keeneland Race Course on Friday, the first day a new state rule mandated that Kentucky Horse Racing Commission veterinarians administer the shots rather than private practitioners.

Keeneland announced three hours before Exothermic was to run in the seventh race — a $54,000 allowance — that he would run with furosemide, best known as Lasix, despite being entered in the program to run without it. Bettors had time to change their wagers, and the horse finished second.

Dr. Mary Scollay, the veterinarian who is the commission’s equine medical director, apologized for the error and said the veterinary staff is reviewing its procedures to do everything possible to avoid another such incident.

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