Banned Down Under? Come to America!

New Zealand’s top Thoroughbred, Don’t Ya Lovett, retired from racing recently. He didn’t want to. His trainers didn’t want him to. And his owners didn’t want to him. But it’s The Law.

In Australia and New Zealand, any horse that “bleeds” (exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage) more than once is banned from racing. And they have never even heard of Lasix.

Before the horse’s running shoes could be yanked off, the trainer received a long-distance call–couldn’t the horse be shipped to America to run here?

I guess that’s why you never hear of any US horses heading Down Under to run in the Melbourne Cup.

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