What's buzzing:

US trainers back race-day horse medication ban

The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) -- Todd Pletcher and D. Wayne Lukas are among a group of high-profile horse trainers urging a gradual elimination of race-day medication in the United States.

Their proposal announced Friday calls for a ban on race-day mediation for 2-year-olds beginning next year, followed by a ban on medication for all horses in 2016. Currently, it is legal in the U.S. to use the drug furosemide on race day. The diuretic commonly called Lasix is used to mitigate bleeding in the lungs, a common issue for racehorses. Use of Lasix on race day is banned in Europe and nearly every major racing jurisdiction outside North America.

The group of mostly New York-based trainers joins many high-profile owners and breeders, the Jockey Club and other national racing organizations in calling for a ban on race-day use of Lasix, but the movement has been resisted by a majority of horsemen.

View Comments (0)
  • College football Down Under attracts 61,000 fans at Sydney

    College football Down Under attracts 61,000 fans at Sydney

    The beer ran out in some sections of the Olympic stadium, but most of the 61,247 spectators at Saturday's U.S. college football opener in Sydney between California and Hawaii appeared to be enjoying their American ''gridiron'' experience. The … More »

    AP - Sports - 21 minutes ago
  • West Ham sign Zaza on loan from Juventus

    West Ham sign Zaza on loan from Juventus

    (Reuters) - West Ham United have signed Italian striker Simone Zaza from Juventus on a season-long loan for an initial fee of five million pounds ($6.57 million), the Premier League club said on Sunday. Zaza scored five Serie A goals in 19 games … More »

    Reuters - 30 minutes ago
  • First wins for Arsenal and Leicester, Chelsea thump Burnley

    First wins for Arsenal and Leicester, Chelsea thump Burnley

    By Ed Dove LONDON (Reuters) - Arsenal and Leicester City picked up their first Premier League wins of the season by beating Watford and Swansea City respectively on Saturday while Chelsea continued their 100 percent start with a 3-0 stroll over … More »

    Reuters - 1 hour 50 minutes ago
  • Fowler leads Barclays as Ryder Cup race intensifies

    Fowler leads Barclays as Ryder Cup race intensifies

    American Olympic team mates Rickie Fowler and Patrick Reed will have one eye on victory and another on the Ryder Cup in the final round of The Barclays on New York's Long Island on Sunday. Fowler has a one-stroke lead over his compatriot after … More »

    Reuters - 1 hour 51 minutes ago
  • Nadal aims to carry Olympic boost into US Open

    Nadal aims to carry Olympic boost into US Open

    By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - Rafa Nadal was exhausted yet exhilarated following his emotional return to action at this month's Rio Olympics after an injury-absence and is looking forward to gearing back up for the U.S. Open starting on … More »

    Reuters - 1 hour 53 minutes ago