Vet Fined $1,000 for Missing Lasix Shot that Forced Scratch of Delaware Park Stakes Horse: Paulick Report 7/14/16

By: Paulick Report Staff

Dr. Robert Campbell has been fined $1,000 by Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission stewards for failing to give Juddmonte Farms’ Suffused a pre-race furosemide (Lasix or Salix) treatment as scheduled, necessitating the filly’s scratch from last Saturday’s $200,000 Robert G. Dick Memorial Stakes at Delaware Park.

Campbell, who was one of the third-party veterinarians retained by the commission to administer the anti-bleeder medication to horses racing at the Delaware track, has been removed from the rotation of vets treating horses with furosemide.

Suffused, trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott, was the 5-2 second choice in the morning line for the Grade 3 race. Campbell told stewards he thought the 4-year-old filly had been scratched when in fact it was another stakes runner trained by Mott, Belisarius, entered in a subsequent race, the Cape Henlopen, who had been withdrawn.

Delaware regulations do not permit horses on the bleeder medication list to compete without furosemide unless given advance approval by the commission, so stewards had no choice but to scratch her from the Dick Memorial.

John Wayne, executive director of the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission, said the connections of Suffused were reimbursed for travel expenses from Belmont Park, where the Mott horses are stabled.