The latest salvo in government internvention is now occuring in New York state, when a bill similar to proposed federal legislation has been proposed to outlaw the use of Lasix. In addition to outlawing Lasix, the proposed legislation bans the use of any performance-enhancing drugs and it has stiff penalties under the three strikes and you are out:
- Strike 1 - $5,000 fine and at least 180 day suspension
- Strike 2 - $20,000 fine and at least a one year suspension
- Strike 3 - $50,000 fine and permanent ban
Horsemen will be screaming mad about the states coming in trying to regulate medication use and should this legislation pass, the cheats will get out of Dodge to states with easier rules. However, racing has no one to blame but themselves. Yes, I understand the cheats are always a step ahead of the regulators, but it is a lot easier for the cheats when racing does not dedicate sufficient financial resources on developing new drug testing. Of course, find out which racing interests are going to open their pockets further for the development of new drug tests.
See You At Peelers returns to the racing wars this Monday at Yonkers Raceway in the NYSS. Apparently Cornell University has checked the filly out from head to toe and couldn't find anything wrong with the fily. I am not she can't win, but Johannson and Morrill are not listed to be in the bike as Takter has the drive; no doubt to see if th horse still has it in her or if something with the horse suggests she is done.
But as much as See You At Peelers will gain the attention of many in harness racing, the big race on Monday is the Quillen Memorial at Harrington Raceway as Foiled Again seeks his second straight victory in the $335,000 race. With the half mile specialist drawing the rail and his main competition racing from post position six and out, this may be a walk in the park. Over the weekend, we will look at the Quillen Memorial.