In a fairly landmark ruling, the Hong Kong Jockey Club announced that Rich Tapestry cannot be medicated with Furosemide, a legal anti-bleeder medication in America commonly referred to as Lasix, when the Mahab Al Shimaal (G3) winner races at Santa Anita. The story was chronicled today by Michael Cox in the South China Morning Post. Read the full story HERE.
Second in the Dubai Golden Shaheen (G1) in 2014, the Michael Chang charge is expected to run twice in the U.S., first in the Santa Anita Sprint Championship (G1) on October 4, a prep for the prestigious Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) on November 1. Rich Tapestry would be the first horse in recent memory, and perhaps ever, who is otherwise permanently stabled in Hong Kong to race at the Breeders’ Cup. As Cox outlines in his SCMP story, Rich Tapestry does have a history of Equine Induced Pulmonary Hemmoraging (EIPH).
The use of Lasix is legal in American racing and has been the nexus of massive industry bickering. The Breeders’ Cup restricted the use of Lasix in races for juveniles for two years before eliminating the policy. These were the only races run in the U.S. that had a specific ban on the use of the medication. That ban was lifted in August 2013, taking effect for the 2014 Breeders’ Cup.
The Hong Kong Jockey Club’s Executive Director of Racing, Bill Nader, specifically drew a proverbial line in the sand in the Lasix debate, telling the South China Morning Post: “It is unfortunate for the sport that European-based horses go year after year to the States, and especially the Breeders’ Cup, and the majority of them do use Lasix on the basis they will be under a disadvantage if they don’t. It would certainly be better for the sport as a whole if those who don’t allow Lasix in their home countries took a position, wherever they raced, and refused to use it.”
“Unfortunately, they don’t – but in Hong Kong’s case, there is no room for compromise.”
The reach of the HKJC now goes well beyond its territorial boundaries. Where the story goes from here will be quite interesting to follow.
Watch Rich Tapestry’s win in the Mahab Al Shimaal and his second in the Dubai Golden Shaheen: