Panel hears comments on controversial medication

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky Horse Racing Commission panel has heard testimony from industry groups and others about whether an anti-bleeding medication should be banned on race days.

The commission's race day medication committee heard from 20
people, including several industry representatives, during the
daylong hearing in Frankfort, according to The Courier-Journal and
the Lexington Herald-Leader.

The drug, commonly known as Lasix or Salix, is the only drug
allowed to be given to horses on race day.

Panel chairman Tracy Farmer said the issue is the most divisive
he has seen, but says he hopes to give a recommendation to the full
commission sometime next year.

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