Pages

Monday, 22 September 2014

The Week of Non-Lasix

As many of my Twitter followers and people who know me in person should know, I'm not a fan of Lasix. I cannot stand Lasix. I'm not going to get into that, however.

      I decided out of curiosity to spend a week looking at every Thoroughbred race across Canada and the United States, looking at the number of horses who raced without Lasix in comparison to the number of horses who raced, and see how they ran.

     Before we start, here are some things to keep in mind. The only races used here were Thoroughbred flat races. No Quarter Horse, Arabian, Mule or Steeplechase races were included in these numbers. Los Alamitos' numbers for Saturday and Sunday include the Thoroughbred races that were contested during their nighttime Quarter Horse cards. Races from Lethbridge were not included because Lasix is not allowed there.

 Let's take a look.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Albuquerque
46 horses in total
1 horse off Lasix (2%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 1-0-0-0

Finger Lakes
66 horses in total
1 horse off Lasix (1.5%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 1-0-0-0

Mountaineer
67 horses in total
4 horses off Lasix (6%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 4-1-0-0 (25%, 25%)

Parx
70 horses in total.
0 horses off Lasix

Presque Isle
71 horses in total
3 horses off Lasix (4%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 3-0-1-1 (0%, 67%)

Suffolk
69 horses in total
2 horses off Lasix (3%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 2-0-0-0

Zia
64 horses in total
3 off Lasix (4.5%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 3-1-0-0 (33%, 33%)

Day's Total
453 horses in total
14 horses off Lasix (3%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 14-2-1-1 (14%, 28%)
57 races



Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Albuquerque
50 horses in total
3 horses off Lasix (6%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 3-0-0-0

Fairmount
75 horses in total
6 horses off Lasix (8%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 6-1-1-0 (16.5%, 33%)

Finger Lakes
73 horses in total
3 horses off Lasix (4%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 3-0-0-0

Fort Erie
56 horses in total
1 horse off Lasix (1.8%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 1-0-0-0

Indiana
62 horses in total
1 horse off Lasix (1.5%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 1-1-0-0 (100%, 100%)

Mountaineer
55 horses in total
4 horses off Lasix (7%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 4-1-1-0 (25%, 50%)

Parx
73 horses in total
1 horse off Lasix (1%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 1-0-0-0

Presque Isle
64 horses in total
6 horses off Lasix (9%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 6-0-2-1 (0%, 50%)

Zia
53 horses in total
3 horses off Lasix (5.5%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 3-0-1-0 (0%, 33%)

Day's Total
561 horses in total
28 horses off Lasix (5%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 28-3-5-1 (10.5%, 32%)
72 races


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Albuquerque
40 horses in total
2 horses off Lasix (5%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 2-0-1-1 (0%, 100%)

Assiniboia
33 horses in total
0 horses off Lasix

Belmont
67 horses in total
3 horses off Lasix (4.5%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 3-1-0-0 (33%, 33%)

Charles Town
61 horses in total
2 horses off Lasix (3%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 2-0-1-0 (0%, 50%)

Delaware
44 horses in total
0 horses off Lasix

Indiana
67 horses in total
4 horses off Lasix (6%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 4-1-0-0 (25%, 25%)

Kentucky Downs
98 horses in total
3 horses off Lasix (3%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 3-0-1-0 (0%, 33%)

Laurel

69 horses in total
1 horse off Lasix (1.5%)
Record of off-lasix horses  - 1-0-0-0

Mountaineer
61 horses in total
5 horses off Lasix (8%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 5-0-0-1 (0%, 20%)

Northlands
63 horses in total
19 horses off Lasix (30%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 19-2-1-4 (10.5%, 37%)

Penn National
55 horses in total
2 horses off Lasix (3.5%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 2-0-0-0

Presque Isle
65 horses in total
3 horses off Lasix (4.5%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 3-0-0-1 (0%, 33%)

Remington
82 horses in total
2 horses on Lasix (2.5%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 2-0-0-0

Suffolk
70 horses in total
2 horses off Lasix (3%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 2-0-0-0

Thistledown
65 horses in total
2 horses off Lasix (3%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 2-0-1-0 (0%, 50%)

Woodbine
69 horses in total
7 horses off Lasix (10%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 7-0-1-0 (0%, 14%)

Day's Total
1,009 horses in total
57 horses off Lasix (5.5%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 57-4-6-7 (7%, 30%)
123 races


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Albuquerque
46 horses in total
1 horse off Lasix (2%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 1-1-0-0 (100%, 100%)

Arlington
71 horses in total
1 horse off Lasix (1.5%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 1-0-1-0 (0%, 100%)

Belmont
64 horses in total
1 horse off Lasix (1.5%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 1-1-0-0 (100%, 100%)

Belterra
59 horses in total
4 horses off Lasix (6.5%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 4-0-1-0 (0%, 25%)

Charles Town
67 horses in total
1 horse off Lasix (1.5%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 1-0-0-0

Delaware
53 horses in total
3 horses off Lasix (5.5%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 3-0-1-0 (0%, 33%)

Finger Lakes
66 horses in total
1 horse off Lasix (1.5%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 1-0-0-1 (0%, 100%)

Gulfstream
80 horses in total
4 horses off Lasix (5%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 4-0-0-0

Indiana
61 horses in total
2 horses off Lasix (3%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 2-0-0-0

Laurel
69 horses in total
1 horse off Lasix (1.5%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 1-0-1-0 (0%, 100%)

Los Alamitos
67 horses in total
0 horses off Lasix

Louisiana Downs
75 horses in total
0 horses off Lasix

Meadowlands
45 horses in total
1 horse off Lasix
Record of off-lasix horses - 1-0-0-0

Penn National
60 horses in total
0 horses off Lasix

Presque Isle
62 horses in total
14 horses off Lasix (22.5%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 14-1-1-3 (7%, 35.5%)

Remington
82 horses in total
4 horses off Lasix (5%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 4-1-0-1 (25%, 50%)

Day's Total
1,027 horses in total
38 horses off Lasix (3.5%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 38-4-5-5 (10.5%, 37%)
130 races


Friday, September 19, 2014

Albuquerque
39 horses in total
1 horse off Lasix (2.5%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 1-0-1-0 (0%, 100%)

Arlington
67 horses in total
0 horses off Lasix

Assiniboia
41 horses in total
2 horses off lasix (5%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 2-0-0-0

Belmont
78 horses in total
8 horses off Lasix (10%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 8-1-1-1 (12.5%, 37.5%)

Belterra
65 horses in total
2 horses off Lasix (3%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 2-0-0-1 (0%, 50%)

Charles Town
78 horses in total
1 horse off Lasix (1%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 1-0-0-0

Churchill
70 horses in total
5 horses off Lasix (7%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 5-0-0-1 (0%, 20%)

Emerald
41 horses in total
0 horses off Lasix

Finger Lakes
57 horses in total
0 horses off Lasix

Gulfstream
78 horses in total
0 horses off Lasix

Hazel
63 horses in total
0 horses off Lasix

Indiana
64 horses in total
5 horses off Lasix (8%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 5-1-0-0 (20%. 20%)

Laurel
67 horses in total
2 horses off Lasix (3%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 2-0-0-0

Los Alamitos
64 horses in total
1 horse off Lasix (1.5%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 1-0-0-0

Louisiana
88 horses in total
2 horses off Lasix (2%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 2-0-0-0

Meadowlands
49 horses in total
2 horses off Lasix (4%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 2-0-1-0

Northlands
50 horses in total
5 horses off Lasix (10%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 5-1-1-0 (20%, 40%)

Penn National
54 horses in total
2 horses off Lasix (3.5%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 2-0-1-1 (0%, 100%)

Remington
84 horses in total
1 horse off Lasix (1%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 1-0-0-0

Retama

68 horses in total
10 horses off Lasix (14.5%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 10-0-0-2 (0%, 20%)

Stockton
47 horses in total
0 horses off Lasix

Thistledown
65 horses in total
4 horses off Lasix (6%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 4-0-0-0

Woodbine
87 horses in total
8 horses off Lasix (9%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 8-0-1-1 (0%, 25%)

Day's Totals
1,464 horses in total
60 horses off Lasix (4%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 60-3-6-6 (5%, 25%)
190 races


Saturday, September 20, 2014

Albuquerque
59 horses in total
5 horses off Lasix (8.5%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 5-0-0-0

Arlington
69 horses in total
5 horses off Lasix (7%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 5-0-0-1 (0%, 20%)

Assiniboia
44 horses in total
5 horses off Lasix (11%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 5-0-0-1 (0%. 20%)

Belmont
86 horses in total
11 horses off Lasix (12.5%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 11-2-1-1 (18%, 36%)

Belterra
54 horses in total
6 horses off Lasix (11%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 6-0-1-1 (0%, 33%)

Charles Town
95 horses in total
5 horses off Lasix (5%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 5-0-0-0

Churchill
70 horses in total
2 horses off Lasix (3%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 2-1-0-0 (50%, 50%)

Delaware
60 horses in total
3 horses off Lasix (5%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 3-0-1-0 (0%, 33%)

Emerald
47 horses in total
0 horses off Lasix

Fairmount
72 horses in total
3 horses off Lasix (4%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 3-0-0-0

Finger Lakes
51 horses in total
1 horse off Lasix (2%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 1-0-0-0

Gulfstream
103 horses in total
3 horses off Lasix (3%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 3-0-1-0 (0%, 33%)

Hastings
44 horses in total
3 horses off Lasix (7%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 3-0-0-0

Hazel
13 horses in total
0 horses off Lasix


Indiana
63 horses in total
1 horse off Lasix (1.5%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 1-0-0-0

Laurel
77 horses in total
0 horses off Lasix

Los Alamitos
72 horses in total
1 horse off Lasix (1.5%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 1-0-1-0 (0%, 100%)

Louisiana
101 horses in total
3 horses off Lasix (3%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 3-0-0-0

Monmouth
76 horses in total
1 horse off Lasix (1.5%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 1-1-0-0 (100%, 100%)

Mountaineer
72 horses in total
1 horse off Lasix (1.5%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 1-0-0-0

Northlands
72 horses in total
16 horses off Lasix (22%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 16-1-1-2 (6%, 25%)

Parx
115 horses in total
0 horses off Lasix

Penn National
65 horses in total
3 horses off Lasix (4.5%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 3-0-0-0

Remington
82 horses in total
1 horse off Lasix (1%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 1-0-0-0

Retama
77 horses in total
6 horses off Lasix (7.5%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 6-0-0-1 (0%, 16.5%)

Stockton
45 horses in total
1 horse off Lasix (2%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 1-0-0-0

Suffolk
65 horses in total
4 horses off Lasix (6%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 4-1-1-0 (25%, 50%)

Thistledown
64 horses in total
4 horses off Lasix (6%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 4-1-0-1 (25%, 50%)

Woodbine
92 horses in total
10 horses off Lasix (11%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 10-1-0-2 (10%, 30%)

Zia
28 horses in total
3 horses off Lasix (10.5%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 3-1-0-0 (33%, 33%)

Day's totals
2,033 horses in total
107 horses off Lasix (5%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 107-9-7-10 (8.5%, 24%)
261 races




Sunday, September 21, 2014

Albuquerque
58 horses in total
4 horses off Lasix (7%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 4-1-0-0 (25%, 25%)

Arlington
66 horses in total
3 horses off Lasix (4.5%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 3-1-1-0 (33%, 66%)

Assiniboia
53 horses in total
6 horses off Lasix (11.5%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 6-1-2-0 (16.5%, 50%)

Belmont
77 horses in total
5 horses off Lasix (6.5%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 5-0-1-0 (0%, 20%)

Belterra
60 horses in total
2 horses off Lasix (3.5%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 2-0-0-0

Churchill
68 horses in total
3 horses off Lasix (4.5%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 3-0-0-0

Emerald
49 horses in total
0 horses off Lasix

Fort Erie
62 horses in total
6 horses off Lasix (9.5%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 6-0-2-0 (0%, 33%)

Gulfstream
96 horses in total
4 horses off Lasix (4%)
Record of off-lasix horses -4-0-1-0 (0%, 25%)

Hastings
59 horses in total
3 horses off Lasix (5%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 3-1-0-0 (33%, 33%)

Los Alamitos
87 horses in total
0 horses off Lasix

Louisiana
84 horses in total
0 horses off Lasix

Monmouth
79 horses in total
1 horse off Lasix (1%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 1-0-0-0

Mountaineer
63 horses in total
7 horses off Lasix (11%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 7-1-0-2 (14%, 42%)

Presque Isle
57 horses in total
1 horse off Lasix (1.5%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 1-0-0-0

Stockton
43 horses in total
1 horse off Lasix (2.5%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 1-0-0-0

Thistledown
61 horses in total
2 horses off Lasix (3%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 2-0-0-0

Woodbine
82 horses in total
5 horses off Lasix (6%)
Record of off-lasix horses 5-0-2-1 (0%, 60%)

Zia
20 horses in total
3 horses off Lasix (15%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 3-0-1-1 (0%, 66%)

Day's totals
1,224 horses in total
56 horses off Lasix (4.5%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 56-5-10-4 (9%, 34%)
164 races



Week's totals
7,771 horses in total
360 horses off Lasix (4.5%)
Record of off-lasix horses - 360-30-40-34 (8.5%, 29%)
997 races


     The fact that only 4.5% of horse are not using Lasix is a pretty sad thing. There is no way that anywhere near 95.5% of Thoroughbreds are bleeders. In my opinion, the fact that this drug has become something trainers use because they can rather than because they need it says something about the quality of horsemanship we have in North America.

     Now let's look at some of the numbers. With 997 races, 2,991 horses hit the top three, or 38.5% of the horses who raced this week. Off-lasix horses hit the board in 29% of their starts, not faring as well, but not doing poorly either. 13% of the horses who raced this week won, compared to the 8.5% of off-lasix winners. The numbers are by no means surprising, but I think it's fair to say that if the off-lasix sample size was larger than 4.5%, we'd see much more even numbers. For example, at Northlands Park, where off-lasix horses made up 21.5% of the runners, we saw off-lasix horses hitting the board at 32.5% and winning at 10%.

     I think these numbers tell you what you need to know: even though they represent the vast minority of the Thoroughbred population, off-lasix are more than capable of racing as well as their on-lasix counterparts. Take the numbers how you will. I don't believe Lasix enhances performance and I certainly don't believe that 95.5% of Thoroughbreds are bleeders who need the drug.

    Have a great day everyone.




No comments:

Post a Comment