NYRA Veterinarian Fined 4000 US Dollars for Lasix Procedure Errors

POSTED ON  |  20-06-2022

In a June 12 ruling, the New York State Gaming Commission fined veterinarian Steven Lascher $4,000 for "failing to follow proper Lasix procedure necessitating the late scratches of horses" that were entered in the seventh race at Belmont Park June 9. The 1 1/8-mile turf race went to post with only two horses. According to Daily Racing Form, Lascher, one of several veterinarians employed by the New York Racing Association for administering Lasix, did not show up to the barns within the allotted time to administer the medication to two horses trained by Christophe Clement, and one trained by Orlando Noda, and another by Bill Mott.

State steward Braulio Baeza Jr. told the Form that Lascher admitted to the mistake and was fined $1,000 per horse affected in the incident. The scratches cost NYRA betting handle due to the limited wagering options that were left available. A source familiar with NYRA operations called the error "extremely unfortunate" and said steps are being taken to prevent it from happening again.

Brad Maione, director of communications for the NYSGC, informed BloodHorse that the ruling is under appeal.

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