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New feed and no raceday medication for Kentucky Derby Contender Mubtaahij


The new experience of shipping Gr1 Kentucky Derby contender Mubtaahij from Dubai to Kentucky has required improvising from trainer Mike de Kock—but when it comes to racing without raceday medication, the respected South African-based conditioner will not change the Dubawi colt’s routine.

Mubtaahij has never raced on the anti-bleeding medication furosemide (Salix, commonly called Lasix) and the Gr2 U.A.E. Derby winner will run without it in the May 2 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, the first horse in 10 years to do so.

“He’s never run on it, he doesn’t bleed, and I’m not prepared to take my chances running him on a substance he’s never run on before,” de Kock said. “He’s good enough without it. I’m not experienced enough to say whether Thoroughbreds in general will or won’t run well on Lasix, but (in South Africa) we only use it in training in very minute doses and he doesn’t bleed so he’s never had it.

“If I gave him Lasix he may run better, he may run worse, but I’m not going to experiment. Lasix is not even a consideration for him.”

The most recent horse to race in the Kentucky Derby without Lasix was B. Wayne Hughes’ fourth-place finisher Don’t Get Mad in 2005. The year before, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith’s Lion Heart finished second, without the medication, to winner Smarty Jones  . The most recent horse to win the Derby without Lasix was Overbrook Farm’s Grindstone in 1996.

Read more at Sporting Post





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