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Shapiro Attacks Over-Medication

Wednesday, 1st March 2006

California Horse Racing Board chairman Richard Shapiro told the US Jockeys' Guild annual assembly equally emphatically that "over-medication & a high injury rate among horses must also be addressed," reported bloodhorse.com. Shapiro noted the CHRB's recent decision to force California's major tracks to install "Polytrack-like surfaces" to reduce injuries & declared: "It is unfair & cruel to put lame horses on the track (as a result of over-use of medication). You must stand up, & you must not mount those horses. They don't belong there. You should demand to know if horses have been shock-waved. You should demand to know a horse's ailments. And we, the regulators, need to do a better job of rooting out those that over-medicate & choose to cheat."

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