Exercise works where Lasix fails
Here’s a great piece from Sid Fernando, please read it, but I will summarize below:
First off, I told everyone how to help minimize bleeding with a strong pre-race warm up nearly 7 years ago:
And certainly my dear readers know that I believe exercise can cure most ills, even those that veterinary intervention fail to clear up.
Now the story:
Glorious Empire(IRE) just won the G1 Sword Dancer at Saratoga at age 7 after:
Winning 4 of 6 starts in the UK at ages 2 and 3.
Sold to Hong Kong racing interests.
Bled in a barrier trial at HK. Strike One.
Bled again in his second race in that jurisdiction. Strike Two.
Apparently in Hong Kong it’s 2 strikes and you’re out. Forced to retire.
So, back to the UK – perhaps it’s just the HK humidity/environment?
Now training on Lasix, don’t you know.
14 months after leaving HK, bleeds in his first UK race.
On to the good ol US of A and the medicine cabinet.
Three allowance races under Tom Morley, hits the board once.
Claimed for $62,500 after a race in which he bleeds again, through the Lasix.
2.5 months off, lots of oxygen treatments in the hyperbaric chamber.
Back racing, first win in 2 years. Saratoga $50k claiming event.
Grade 2 turf race at Laurel, Lasix aplenty, bled again through both nostrils.
Now he goes to a real horseman named Chuck Lawrence, ex steeplechase jock.
Osteopathic treatments, more hyperbaric chamber visits, and a BIG change in exercise.
Now the old boy works 7F-8F with solid gallop outs.
Now he gallops a strong mile THE MORNINGS OF HIS RACES.
Now he warms up vigorously off the pony before entering the starting gate.
Wins 3 of next 4, including a G2 and that G1.
Amazing what can happen when you use exercise instead of the needle.