So, the stewards have come to the consensus that I'll Have Another is to be prohibited from wearing his flair strip(Flair Equine Nasal Strip) during the Belmont.
Did I miss something? Why is it now that they decide to do this?
I'm all for the thought that a Triple Crown Winner should be able to work and win under all conditions. If this change does hinder him, and he doesn't win, then that's that. A peice of tap shoudn't determine whether he wins or not.
Then there is the side that sees the flair strip for its inteaded use. To promote lung function while the horse is running and competing at peak performance. These strips are also said to reduce bleeding in the lungs and reduce the need to use the anti-bleeding drug Lasix/Salix.
New York Removes Lasix Ban : Horse Racing: Diuretic that checks bleeding will be allowed starting Sept. 1, too late for Belmont Stakes. - Los Angeles Times
The use of Lasix/Salix, or other anti-bleed drugs was banned up until 1995 when the banned was lifted and horses ran the Breeder's Cup races using the drugs if needed.
This is where I get confused. They ALLOW a drug, but BAN an alternative that prevents bleeding externally by allowing better air flow.
Allowed=Unatural subtance injected into the animal to prevent blood from entering the lungs.
BANNED=A more "natural" strip placed on the nose that allows the nasel passeges to open and allow for more and improved breathing. By doing this, it reduces if not prevents the need for drugs to be injected into the horse.
I'm a little turned by this decision. The NYRA "allows" horses to be doped but a nasel strip is out of the question.
What if all the racehorses in north america were run drug free? Nothing in their system but high quality grain and hay? What kind of races would be run be they Au Natural?
I see the strips as a "natural training tool" versus being injected and pumped up with drugs so that my horse has a better chance against your horse in the instance that he's a bleeder.
Here is the website for FLAIR:
FLAIRŪ Research Abstracts | FLAIRŪ Equine Nasal Strips
This shows their clinical study results.
What is your opinion on this? Is it just a bunch of huey or is it a decision that was made wisely and to better the Belmont Stakes?