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Lasix – An International Veterinary Perspective

Brian Stewart is the head of Equine Welfare and Veterinary Services for Racing Victoria, the primary authority overseeing horse racing in the region of Australia that includes Melbourne.  Formerly a private practitioner in Caulfield, Stewart was the head of Veterinary Regulation and International Liaison for the Hong Kong Jockey Club from 2002-2011. He has served as chairman of the International Group of Specialist Racing Veterinarians and in senior positions with the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities, among other roles in the industry.

This week’s Breeders’ Cup Forum with Stewart, conducted via email, is a counterbalance to the views of Southern California racetrack practitioner Don Shields, a staunch advocate for the race-day use of the anti-bleeding diuretic furosemide, or Lasix, to treat exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage. Shields was the subject of last week’s Forum.

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The Breeders’ Cup Forum: What goes into the World Thoroughbred Rankings?

Thomas S. Robbins was born into a racing family and he’s dedicated his professional life to the sport. A son of the renowned equine veterinarian Jack Robbins (a co-founder of the Oak Tree Racing Association), Tom, a graduate of the University of Southern California, was given his first job as racing secretary by Marje Everett at Hollywood Park’s inaugural fall meeting in 1981, and has worked numerous California race meetings over the last 30 years. Robbins is currently executive vice president of racing and industry relations for the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club.

He is recognized as one of American racing’s most knowledgeable officials and serves on numerous committees, including American Graded Stakes, the International Cataloguing Standards Committee, North American Rating Committee, and the World Thoroughbred Rankings.

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