KHA Advisory regarding Race-Day Medications

Please publish this update for all horsemen licensed by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) regarding the use of Lasix (Furosemide) in Kentucky as the 2021 racing in Kentucky begins this weekend with the Kentucky Proud Series. 

Pursuant to 810 KAR 8:010 – Medication; testing procedures; prohibited practices, and effective January 1, 2021, all horses entered in a stakes race in Kentucky shall not be administered any drug, medication or other substance, including furosemide, within twenty-four (24) hours of the post time of the race in which the horse is entered (810 KAR 8:010(6)(a)). 

These regulations apply to all stakes races in Kentucky including the Kentucky Sire Stakes managed programs — the Kentucky Proud Series, KYSS Championship Series, KYSS Commonwealth Series and any early closing events established through the Kentucky Standardbred Development Fund and the Kentucky Standardbred Breeders Incentive Fund. 

Any questions should be directed to KHRC Equine Medical Director Bruce A. Howard DVM at 502-338-3730 or by email at

Thank you in advance for keeping the industry informed.