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John Ed Anthony Joins WHOA

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John Ed Anthony Accepts the 1992 Preakness Trophy | courtesy WHOA

By Sue Finley

John Ed Anthony, who operated Loblolly Stables in the 70s, 80s and 90s, and who now races 15-20 horses and keeps a broodmare band in Arkansas and Kentucky, joined the Water Hay Oats Alliance, according to a press release from the organization. “Over the last few weeks I have read with interest the articles about prominent tracks proposing new rules that would ban the use of some race day medications,” said Anthony. “I applaud the effort. In fact, I have long believed that racing without race day medication should be the rule for racing. The Horseracing Integrity Act would accomplish that…We got serious again in 2010. We quickly found how different racing has become during that interval and have struggled to adjust to it. We race all our 2-year-olds without Lasix, believing that it’s harmful to developing young stock to have their vital fluids drained routinely, older horses, too, if they show no need. Still, since we’re the exception, we spot the competition 15-plus pounds in each race. Knowing the disadvantage, most trainers have to be forced not to use it.” Read Anthony’s complete statement at http://www.waterhayoatsalliance.com/

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