Taking Away Lasix After 50+ Lifetime Starts

2013 Millarville Derby

Ever see a former $1.3 million dollar yearling purchase come off a 4.5 month layoff and win a dirt 9F race over 4 turns making his 53rd lifetime start, but just the first without Lasix?

Well, click the link above and now say you have done so. (You may have to suffer through a 15sec advertisement first)

Rascal Cat is the 8 year old in question, and here is a slice of his past performances leading up to his triumph in the Millarville Derby last week:

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(click to enlarge)

Congrats to the owners: Brian Engelking and Murray Cluff, trainer Mr. Darcy Hawkes, and the veterinary consultant Jodie Santarossa who teamed up to wean this veteran off the diuretic after a lifetime of pre-race injections; something I bet 99% of US vets would tell you is an impossible task.

How did they do it?

First, after purchasing the horse as a pure pedigree play early in 2013, they shipped him northwest to Canada’s Northlands Park for a brief rest period. When brought back into training, he was equipped with HR/GPS gear and eventually graduated to working fast every 5 days, including the final blowout just 3 days prior to the above triumph. Also, the supplement STORM was added to his daily ration upon the onset of intense exercise.

Here are the final 3 breezes leading up to the 7/1/13 Derby:

Track

Date

Course

Distance

Time

Note

Rank

Northlands Park

6/28/2013

Dirt

3F

36.60

Handily

5/18

Northlands Park

6/23/2013

Dirt

5F

1:03.40

Handily

2/12

Northlands Park

6/18/2013

Dirt

3F

37.40

Handily

9/21

We know from well-documented interviews that trainer Graham Motion gives his un-raced, yet-to-be trained 2 year olds Lasix as a ‘preventative’ measure. So we can assume he did the same with this expensive purchase from the venerable Stonestreet Stables and Jess Jackson. Now several years later we have proven that sensible exercise and sports-specific nutrition can achieve the same ends (less the pharmaceutical side effects), as ‘The Cat’ scoped clean as a whistle following his big win.

And don’t think for a second that it was an easy task. Many local horsemen trackside watching this old timer breeze fast every 5th day without Bute muttered: ‘You’re gonna kill that horse’.

Sure it’s Canada where many race Lasix-free and it’s quite a class drop, but dirt is dirt and 9F is still 9F. The winning time may be slower than most in the US are accustomed to, but then again who the hell runs around 4 turns these days?

Of interest: co-owner Cluff is a former world class skier:  http://www.albertasportshalloffame.com/component/zoo/item/cluff-murray

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About bpressey

Equine Exercise Physiologist

Posted on July 8, 2013, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Whoa….just saw this. How interesting! 5f tracks are entertaining. Nice job by the horse. Left ’em in the dust!

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