I often get E-Mail on Lasix as if it's the only drug the horse is taking.
After reading this page you will find
that Lasix is far from the indicator and power handicappers put on this
medication when there are many other medications the horse have taken and are
taken that is not commonly known to the handicapper and if the horse today is
first time Lasix user the information is given out at the track and is not
Also called Lasix or Salix, used to pull fluid
from the body. Helps manage exercise induced pulmonary hemorrhage (“BLEEDING”).
Reduction in bleeding may help performance. This drug is Legal on race day.
Usually given 4 hours prior to post.
Phenylbutazone ( Bute ),
Banamine And Ketoprofin, Aspirin we take is in the same Medication class works
to reduce inflammation. Used to reduce inflammation associated with athletic
competition. May improve performance of horse because inflammation causes pain
and reduced mobility. Allows to train through minor aches and pains. Typically
withdrawn 24 to 48 hours prior to race day.
Dexamethasone, Methylprednislone, and Betamethasone. These drugs are used to
reduce inflammation used in humans for severe allergies and asthma. Used to
reduce inflammation associated with athletic competition and reduc inflammation
in airways. These Drugs are similar to NSAIDs but also helpful in reducing
airway inflammation. Also some formulations can be used in joints hence can
improve horses performance. No set time to be or when administered. This drug
is typically withdrawn 24 hours to 7 days before a race.
Clenbuterol and Albuterol. These Drugs opens airways if restricted and helps to clear mucus and
debris. Allows horse with upper airways inflammation to breath normally. If a
horse has restricted air ways, bronchodilators can be helpful to return the
horse to maximal oxygen consumption during exercise hence better performance in
the long run. This drug is typically withdrawn 72 to 96 hours prior to race day.
Stanozolol, Equipoise, Testosterone. These drugs maintains muscle health and recovery. Used to keep
horses training aggressively. Effects on performance directly in the horse and
not clear. Not necessarily given with a particular race in mind. However given
infrequently on an as needed basis often months on end between dosage and
sometimes months before next race.
Lidocaine and Mepivacaine. These drugs are used to numb and area of the body locally, used to suture a cut,
minor surgical procedures that don’t require general sedation. This drug does
not effect performance. This drug is used as needed basis. This drug can be detected
upwards to 96 hours after taking the drug.
Detomidine and Acepromazine. These drugs are used to perform minor surgical procedures or calm
a horse during shipping. Sometimes used to prevent exertional rhabdomyolysis (
“Tying Up” ). There is no common effect on performance. This drug is used as
needed and can be detected in horses system 96 hours after taking the drug.
This is a muscular problem in the horse caused by the inability within the muscle
tissue to eliminate the lactic acid that builds up during
exercise quickly enough and thus allows it to reach toxic levels.This typically
manifests with varying degrees of discomfort ranging from stiffness and mild cramps
to severe cramping and inability to move to recumbency in severest cases.
Pyrilamine, Tripellenamine and Hydroxyzine. These drugs are similar to anti-ulcer
medications taken by us humans. Relaxes muscle spasms. Also used to prevent
extertional rhabdomyolsis ( “Tying Up” ). This drug can improve the horse
performance because of muscle health and comfort is important to ensure peak
physical performance. This drug is withdrawn between 48 to 96 hours prior to
Adequan and Legend. These drugs provide the building blocks for joint fluid which is critical in the
normal pain-free function of a joint. These drugs are used as a preventive to
arthritic changes in a joint and to improve the health of a already arthritic
joint. By far Joint disease is the most common limiting factor in the
performance of a race horse. This drug is normally withdrawn 24 to 48 hours
prior to race day.