I'd like to agree with Bob Baffert. I've had many horses over 50 years and feel I am qualified to speak to this issue as well as anyone here. We, in North America, have found a way to improve the lives of the horses we race by giving them lasix, helping control bleeding from the lungs, which happens in most horses. Because Europe is far behind and still thinks people have to ask horses to race 4 1/2 miles over 40 fences, carrying 160+ pounds to find out which horse is "best", doesn't make their ideas any more right than ours'. Lasix is the one thing that actually does help horses stay healthier by reducing bleeding, eliminating it in some. If anyone is truly interested in the health and well-being of a horse, why in the world wouldn't they be celebrating the fact that lasix can, and does help horses? It's mindboggling to imagine people wanting to take this away from these wonderful athletes, as most veterinarians have already stated. Those of you who haven't had a horse bleed, please take another look at this question, without following along behind those who have no idea what lasix actually does or thinking that 'all drugs' are horrible things. There are many things in racing that can be improved upon, and many medications that trainers should be ruled off for, that should never ever be in a horses' system for any reason. Lasix isn't one of those. Cobra venom is.
So, I guess he has horses that do this. Sad. No horse deserve days in the corner. If they do this, then do something about it.