Exercise works where Lasix fails

That’s one ugly scope.

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.

No takers.

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.



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Equine Exercise Physiologist

Posted on September 7, 2018, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. How could you translate that sort of program to Standardbreds?

  2. Love it.

    Chuck Lawrence is the MAN!

    Sent from my iPhone


  3. Bill, good morning. My take after reading the entire story is that Glorious Empire becomes the poster child for lasix. In winning the last 3 of 4, he was on L! I think it’s a stretch to say that the extended works, along with the holistic therapy regiment, caused the turn around. He raced in Japan and UK where it is not uncommon to have longer works but could not race on L so he bled during the big spleen dumps of competition. I believe it is a combination of the therapies (holistic practices, L and the longer works) which allows him to race clean.

    I would like to know more about his early career training regiment which laid the groundwork for his athletic fitness. Did he start out on a LSD program (common in UK), intervals or was it just the standard US type program with no extended time under load and only gallops? Was he allowed to run in an open pasture with others as a youngster so he could condition his lungs with spleen dumps daily or was he stalled from the start and did not get to do anything until race conditioning started? Then there is the genetic component. Was he predetermined to bleed with a congenital condition provided via sire or dam?

    We’ve had many conversations regarding the health/fitness value of working horses to +80% VOC and pushing a little harder to ensure a spleen dump engorges the vascular system with volume during exercise. It is nice to see this guy doing better but unless he starts running clean (without L) we wont know which part of his new routine to credit with the turnaround.

    Brian Engelking

  4. But he bled through Lasix? repeatedly. Bled after time off. Bled after hyperbaric treatments. Only stopped with a change in exercise and warm up patterns. And he didnt bleed his first few races in the UK, sans Lasix of course. Strange case indeed. Now that he’s in the US he will never give up the Lasix, sadly. Which is odd – because it never helped him, until now.

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