Race day medication procedures changing at Kentucky tracks

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The procedures for administering an anti-bleeding medication to thoroughbreds on race day are changing after at least four errors since new rules were implemented about five weeks ago.

The Courier-Journal reports the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission is requiring veterinarians to verify a horse hasn't been given medication before injecting them and that a team of vets be dedicated solely to giving shots while others check the overall condition of horses.

Since Gov. Steve Beshear ordered that only state vets be allowed to administer the drug furosemide, more commonly known as Lasix, one horse that wasn't supposed to get the shot did, one that should have gotten the shot didn't, and two horses got two injections, resulting in them being scratched from their races.

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