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BarrelWannabe 05-28-2012 12:57 PM

Stewards rule against IHA's Flair strip
Stewards won't permit I'll Have Another to wear nasal strip -News

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?

CLaPorte432 05-28-2012 01:01 PM

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I think it's a bunch of crap!

With all the "legal" drugs that are pumping through these horse systems, a nasal strip should be the least of their concerns.

Ugh, I don't even know what to say...

Cat 05-28-2012 01:07 PM

What a stupid decision on their part and considering the timing it seems an ulterior motive is in place.

BarrelWannabe 05-28-2012 01:18 PM

It's the timing that got me too! Now if they would have done this in say April, I wouldn't question it as much.

But no, they wait until May 27th, exactly two weeks before the race is to be run.

So what, are they going to lift the ban if he wins, or are they going to make it to where no horse can run with it in any race?

It would be fair to do so. I don't recall any other horses that are pointed toward the Belmont that wear the strips. It looks like they directly targeted I'll Have Another with this one.

CLaPorte432 05-28-2012 01:50 PM

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If they were going to have an issue with it, they should have banned it before the Kentucky Derby. Not at the 3rd leg.

I think it's an unfair decision on their part. And chances are, it's due to an uproar from other contenders in the Belmont.

redpony 05-28-2012 02:04 PM

Yeah, very crappy decision. In the article they state that it may be a performance enhancing 'thing'. Right, kinda like shoes, shadow rolls and blinders. If every trainer us allowed to use this product, that causes no harm to the horse, how can it be an unfair advantage? This really pi$$es me off!
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CLaPorte432 05-28-2012 02:06 PM

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Have they banned the nasal flair from racing completely? Or just the Belmont and just for I'll Have Another?

redpony 05-28-2012 02:14 PM

Just the Belmont, the stewards decision.
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CLaPorte432 05-28-2012 02:17 PM

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Total BS. Someone paid a lot of money to have I'll Have Another's nasal flair banned is what I'm thinking.

As they say, Everyone has a price. Someone got to that steward.

Welp, I guess I'll Have Another is just going to have to kick butt and take names without it.

redpony 05-28-2012 02:19 PM

I sure hope so, would really love to see another triple crown!!
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