HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – A Lasix-free race proved so popular at the entry box Wednesday that the over-subscribed field of 2-year-old fillies was split into two races for Saturday’s program at Gulfstream Park.
The $65,000 Lasix-free races have been carded as the sixth and eighth races on an 11-race program, both slated for 4 ½ furlongs over the main track.
A Lasix-free race for juvenile colts and geldings is also scheduled for Sunday’s Gulfstream Park program.
Trainer Ralph Nicks entered three fillies in Saturday’s races: Dancie and Harlan's Darlin in the 11-horse field drawn for the sixth and Kandoo in the 12-horse eighth race.
“They’re all first-timers and they don’t need it," Nicks said. "If they did need it, they wouldn’t be in there."
Gulfstream is also working with Dr. Stephen Selway, who is conducting a study involving the voluntary scoping of 2-year-olds racing with and without Lasix.
“The results of the study will hopefully be of significant benefit to the well being of racehorses. The study has been set up as to eliminate most variables and yield non-bias data. The cooperation of Gulfstream Park, the FHBPA, and the trainers and owners is greatly appreciated. Without their support this timely study could not be done,” said Selway, whose study also receives private funding from Zayat Stables, who campaign 2015 Triple Crown Champion American Pharoah. Video endoscopy equipment is provided by R F Systems.