Alex Waldrop (or more probably his handlers) has been actively struggling to convince people lately that medication has somehow been eliminated from U.S. racing. This started after Joe Drape at the New York Times openly criticized U.S. drug rules in a recent column (although he was forced to choose an unlikely standard-bearer in John Gosden, who does use the drugs when he races in America). In a posting on the Bloodhorse Web site, Alex actually said this in patting his NTRA organization on the back:
“Race-day medications have been virtually eliminated nationwide.”
This is such fiction that I’m not sure where to start in criticizing it. Does he actually BELIEVE this? Does he think anyone involved in racing does?? I tried to post a comment on the BH site, but it was blocked. Apparently the Bloodhorse does actually believe it. These guys in suits that don’t know which end of a horse eats should be sat down with some before-and-after films of a lame horse treated with bute, which is allowable on race day in many states. A dose of bute will make a lame horse look sound. Racing on it should be grounds for losing your trainer’s license. If a horse needs pain relief, it needs to be put away to race another day, not drugged and sent out to risk breaking down because it tried to run through the problem. Open your eyes, Alex.
I also thought it was a somewhat desperate measure on Alex’s part to lump those of us who want to eliminate medication in with extreme animal-rights activists who want to end racing altogether. He has already insulted most of the world in the past by calling it “inhumane” NOT to administer lasix. He’s starting to sound increasingly like someone who has been backed into the corner and is looking for any way out he can find.