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Alysheba streaks to victory in the Strub Stakes ©Santa Anita Photo

Alysheba streaks to victory in the Strub Stakes ©Santa Anita Photo

LOS ANGELES — The Breeders' Cup comes to Santa Anita this weekend with a controversial mandate to begin eliminating race-day medication in its thoroughbreds at a time when sports organizations worldwide are cracking down on competitors who use performance-enhancing drugs.  Much of the focus is on Lasix, a powerful diuretic that helps prevent bleeding and has been widely used in the U.S. since the 1970s to combat lung hemorrhaging in thoroughbreds.

Controversial drug phased out of races

LOS ANGELES — The Breeders' Cup comes to Santa Anita this weekend with a controversial mandate to begin eliminating race-day medication in its thoroughbreds at a time when sports organizations worldwide are cracking down on competitors who use performance-enhancing drugs. Much of the focus is on Lasix, a powerful diuretic that helps prevent bleeding and has been widely used in the U.S. since the 1970s to combat lung hemorrhaging in thoroughbreds.

Finest City (USA) 2012 Ch.m. (City Zip (USA)-Be Envied (USA) by Lemon Drop Kid (USA) 1st Santa Monica H (USA-G2,7fD,Santa Anita)

Finest City (USA) 2012 Ch.m. (City Zip (USA)-Be Envied (USA) by Lemon Drop Kid (USA) 1st Santa Monica H (USA-G2,7fD,Santa Anita)

Keeper Hill(1995)(Filly) Deputy Minister- Firenza By Lypheor. 3x4 To Northern Dancer. 21 Starts 4 Wins 7 Seconds 5 Thirds. $1,661,281. Won Ky Oaks(G1), Las Virgenes S(G1), Spinster S(G1), 2nd CCA Oaks(G1), Santa Anita Oaks(G1), Mother Goose S(G1), Gazelle H(G1), Delaware H(G3), 3rd BC Distaff(G1), Personal Ensign H(G1), Ruffian H(G1), Beverly Hills H(G1). Died In 2015.

Keeper Hill(1995)(Filly) Deputy Minister- Firenza By Lypheor. 3x4 To Northern Dancer. 21 Starts 4 Wins 7 Seconds 5 Thirds. $1,661,281. Won Ky Oaks(G1), Las Virgenes S(G1), Spinster S(G1), 2nd CCA Oaks(G1), Santa Anita Oaks(G1), Mother Goose S(G1), Gazelle H(G1), Delaware H(G3), 3rd BC Distaff(G1), Personal Ensign H(G1), Ruffian H(G1), Beverly Hills H(G1). Died In 2015.

Just 25 miles (30 minutes drive) from the Los Angeles Intl. Airport (LAX) on Huntington Drive, relax at recently renovated SUPER 8 Los Angeles/Alhambra and commence your journey to Los Angeles. Our friendly staff at 24x7 front-desks will see to it that your stay with us is memorable and pleasant.<p>While visiting unique attractions Rose Bowl Stadium, Dodger Stadium, Convention Center and Staples Center to name few, remember us for best of hospitality. Explore the famous Santa Anita Park for…

Just 25 miles (30 minutes drive) from the Los Angeles Intl. Airport (LAX) on Huntington Drive, relax at recently renovated SUPER 8 Los Angeles/Alhambra and commence your journey to Los Angeles. Our friendly staff at 24x7 front-desks will see to it that your stay with us is memorable and pleasant.<p>While visiting unique attractions Rose Bowl Stadium, Dodger Stadium, Convention Center and Staples Center to name few, remember us for best of hospitality. Explore the famous Santa Anita Park for…

Santa Anita Thoroughbred Racetrack in Arcadia California

Santa Anita Thoroughbred Racetrack in Arcadia California

Ron The Greek(2007)(Colt) Full Mandate- Flambe By Fortunate Prospect. 5(C)x4(F)x5(F) To Northern Dancer. 36 Starts 14 Wins 5 Seconds 4 Thirds. $2,763,694. Won Jockey Club Gold Cup(G1), Santa Anita H(G1), Stephen Foster H(G1), LeComte H(G3), 2nd Whitney H(G1), Oaklawn H(G2), 3rd Stephen Foster H(G1), Charles Town Classic(G2).

Ron The Greek(2007)(Colt) Full Mandate- Flambe By Fortunate Prospect. 5(C)x4(F)x5(F) To Northern Dancer. 36 Starts 14 Wins 5 Seconds 4 Thirds. $2,763,694. Won Jockey Club Gold Cup(G1), Santa Anita H(G1), Stephen Foster H(G1), LeComte H(G3), 2nd Whitney H(G1), Oaklawn H(G2), 3rd Stephen Foster H(G1), Charles Town Classic(G2).

The 1980's John Henry, voted the racehorse of the decade also becoming the first horse to surpass $4 million in career earnings in 1983. He was named after the "steel-driver" folk hero. In addition to his 39 wins, he became the only horse to nab first place twice for both the Arlington Million and Santa Anita Handicap. After his last race at the 1984 Ballatine Scotch Classic, he retired in 1985 as the world's richest thoroughbred.

Top 10 Famous Racehorses

The 1980's John Henry, voted the racehorse of the decade also becoming the first horse to surpass $4 million in career earnings in 1983. He was named after the "steel-driver" folk hero. In addition to his 39 wins, he became the only horse to nab first place twice for both the Arlington Million and Santa Anita Handicap. After his last race at the 1984 Ballatine Scotch Classic, he retired in 1985 as the world's richest thoroughbred.

Wild At Heart (USA) 2012 B.m. (Indian Charlie (USA)-Lady Cerise (USA) by Honor Grades (USA) 1st Buena Vista H (USA-G2,8fD,Santa Anita) (photo: Zoe Metz Photography)

Wild At Heart (USA) 2012 B.m. (Indian Charlie (USA)-Lady Cerise (USA) by Honor Grades (USA) 1st Buena Vista H (USA-G2,8fD,Santa Anita) (photo: Zoe Metz Photography)

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