By T. D. Thornton
The Kentucky Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association (KHBPA) filed a lawsuit in Franklin County Circuit Court May 15 to stop the planned Lasix phase-out in the state.
Natalie Voss of the Paulick Report first reported the news on Thursday. The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, Keeneland Association, and Churchill Downs, Inc., are the defendants.
“The KHBPA and its members will be harmed if Keeneland's and Churchill's illegal acts are allowed to go forward, as it will impact the conduct of races that horses owned and trained by its members may participate in, and the conditions under which they will participate, including the administration of [Lasix] to young horses,” the civil complaint states (read it here).
The KHBPA is seeking a declaratory judgment deeming the Lasix phase-out as illegal, plus emergency and permanent restraining orders to keep the Lasix-free races from happening.