Lasix Ban Stirs Anger at Breeders' Cup

Lasix Ban Stirs Anger at Breeders' Cup

He wasn't exactly Peter Finch in the 1976 movie "Network," telling the world he was "mad as hell and not going to take it anymore!" But thoroughbred trainer Mark Casse wasn't a happy camper Thursday.

Casse, 51, one of Canada's leading trainers, with just shy of 90 wins this meeting at Toronto's Woodbine track and five entries in this weekend's Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita, used terms such as "frustrated" and "disappointed."

The topic was the banned use of the drug Lasix for all of the 2-year-old races in this year's Breeders' Cup. Three of Casse's entries are in juvenile races. Lasix is used by most trainers to prevent their horses from bleeding through the nostrils during racing. If nothing changes, all horses — not just the 2-year-olds — will be mandated to run without Lasix in next year's Breeders' Cup.

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