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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Trainers complain a new rule that allows only state veterinarians to administer the anti-bleeder medication known as Lasix to horses on race day isn't working.
The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that since the rule took effect on Oct. 5, four mistakes have been made.
The most recent errors occurred last week at Churchill Downs. Booby Prize had to be scratched after receiving Lasix shots from two state vets. Then Outofsiteoutofmind was scratched when one of the same state vets gave him two Lasix shots, the second one too close to race time.
Kentucky Equine Medical Director Mary Scollay said she understands the frustration. She is asking for patience as the new system is implemented.
She also said new protocols are being put in place to prevent future errors.