The New York Racing Association (NYRA) announced today that they will eliminate race-day medication. Starting January 1, 2021, any horse to run in a stakes race cannot have Lasix within 48 hours.
In the spring of 2019, the NYRA was part of a coalition to address race-day medication. This year the NYRA prohibited Lasix in all 2-year-old races at Aqueduct, Saratoga, and Belmont. The rule now extends to all horses participating in stakes races including the New York-bred and New York Stallion Stakes Series.
According to the NYRA, approximately 25% of all graded stakes in the US are run on New York tracks. The rule prohibits the use of Lasix within 48 hours before the scheduled post time of the race in which a horse is to compete. The only exception being if a horse obtains a waiver allowing them to race medicated. The rule remains in effect with no waivers for 2-year-olds.