Chicago Tribune from Chicago, Illinois on June 3, 1982 · 51
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Chicago Tribune from Chicago, Illinois · 51

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Thursday, June 3, 1982
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Section 4 .(DlitasoStibune-Thursday, .June 3, 1982. s Lasix? HAVE YOU EVER boxed? Have you ever been hit in the nose and had it bleed while you were wearing a mouthpiece? If a boxer's nose is full of blood, it's hard to breathe. That's what happens to these racehorses we call "bleeders." ; For reasons that science cannot adequately explain, their . lungs begin to bleed under the heavy stress of a race. Most blood is blown in a fine spray through the nose as the horse tears along. You can see droplets on the jockey's , clothes. But sometimes the bleeding is heavy. Then it clogs ' the airway and backs into the horse's lungs. Since horses cannot breathe through their mouths like dogs or humans, all this blood must emerge through the nose. Otherwise, a horse can drop dead in the race. TWO TO THREE DIE like that at Illinois tracks each year. They drown in their own blood. , Most merely slow down. "All of a sudden, you'll see three or . four horses lose their speed," said Dr. Dean Scoggins, an equine extension veterinarian at the University of Illinois. "It's like they're backing up in a race. Well, they can't get John . Husar enough air. They're bleeders." More than half the horses at any given track may have the problem. Research shows figures as high as 60 percent. But no one can explain why they bleed. ,It doesn't seem to be a genetic problem. The victims include extremely well-trained horses, such as Rossi Gold, the best stakes racer in Illinois right now. A dusty environment appears to have little effect. "You can have horses in terrible bousing, and they're all fine," Scoggins said. "Then you check out horses in excellent bousing and find bleeders." , ' . FOR A LONG TIME, the number of bleeders was a mystery. Trainers felt the ailment drove down a horse's value.v But when the Illinois Racing Board began allowing certified bleeders to use Lasix, a diuretic commonly used by humans to relieve swelling and high blood pressure, "bleeding" horses literally stampeded from the stalls. , "Suddenly, we were seeing an awful lot of bleeders," said Dr. Ronald Jensen, chief veterinarian for the racing board. "The trainers felt the Lasix was doing these horses a lot of good." Jensen is in the middle of the quandary at Arlington and Balmoral parks. A horsemen's boycott has shut down the tracks. The racing board has banned the use of Lasix, the best drug available for bleeders, and the horsemen say they won't race until they get it back. "The hard thing for a lot of . outsiders to understand is that Continued on page 6, col. 1 hu!!shUma Ornate! ""!'" suffering"1 V&5 Pons Excess fluid in thi eysteS kZJXZjS&J" Lasix remotes that excess fluwT iiart ,0 'der. work the heart Is teingforoed toZ SLto""1n amount of working overtime, so tosnZl?811? kidneys are e eeteiMo h. ,.. spoaK, persons takina Lasiv ...kLJr Po.ass.irn". CTMT J5 - K Lasix is admlnlsteredTieU Z 1W3?refor9 Wted. most commonly by tablet ' Mral 80lu,ion' Injection, If! mreaa I Horses, when they mmSJhZ V of Lnhibing bleeding, externally. When a Wh2 fiL WS99' capillaries minute blood vesseiLi S? pressurB trough the horse's system- LilSl ,he blood Pumps tessened-eithough SSSSJK "? rrhagTng Is rii. " I?w '"egai drugs after a pL. "? " "? 18 .3 A hit or an error? Tim Flannery: "If a second baseman can't get that ball he shouldn't be in j the big leagues. It was a routine play." Scot Thompson: "It was the fight call. If he makes. that play, jt's a helluva play." Terry Kennedy: "Briggs should have had a hit and Flannery should have; had an error. Either way it was a one-hitter." Chicago Tribun Graphic - VI KM IS -AC;- Horsemen set to vote on return By Mike Kiley and Elmer Polzin HORSEMEN WHO are boycotting racing at Arlington Park have called a meeting for 10 a.m. Thursday at the track kitchen, reportedly to vote on a proposal to end their walkout. They have boycotted racing since Tuesday because they refuse to run their horses without the "bleeder" medication Lasix. Chuck Schmidt, chairman of the Illinois Racing Board, said the horsemen will vote on whether or not to come back and run under the no-medication rules until the regularly scheduled board meeting June 17. Ed Reynolds, president of the Chicago chapter of the Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, was unavailable for comment on the subject of Thursday morning's meeting. The development follows a Wednesday night meeting at the track, where Schmidt, Arlington Park president John Mooney and Reynolds participated in a conference call with Gov. James Thompson. Earlier Wednesday, Thompson told Schmidt he would ask Sen. Philip Rock D., Oak Park, the senate majority leader, to push a bill in the legislature that would appropriate $400,000 for the 1KB lab, so the lab can improve its testing procedures. The vote on the bill may not come until late June. It's a fiscal bill and the fiscal year in Illinois starts July l, so the bill could not go into effect before that time. HORSEMEN HAVE refused to run basically because of an IRB ban on Lasix, a medication that retards bleeding in horses. The board may rescind the ban if its lab gets additional money, which would be used to improve the testing of urine samples from Lasix horses. Schmidt said a major reason for the Lasix ban is because the medication dilutes urine to the point that it makes it hard for chemists to detect the presence of illegal substances. More funds can provide better equipment and more lab employees, which would enable chemists to better tackle the problems Lasix Tnbunt photo by Dav Nyttrsm San Diego right-hander Juan Eichelberger fires away Wednesday In a 3-1 victory over the Cubs that missed oeing a no-hitter on a scoring call that was later disputed by his teammates. ' "The governor told Reynolds at Wednesday night's meeting that he expected a bill in the legislature to be passed soon and he promised that $400,000 from that bill appropriation would go to the Illinois Racing Board laboratory," Schmidt said. , "I believe the governor broke the ice. It seems to be a common-sense approach to a settlement. I had explained to Reynolds during the meeting that there was no sympathy for his strike in Springfield and that the board was prepared to stand firm on their vote last Saturday Continued on page 6, col. 1 By Jerome Holtzman JUAN EICHELBERGER of the San Diego Padres came so close to pitching a no-hitter in a 3-J victory over the Cubs in Wrigley Field Wednesday that, after the game, there was this big controversy: Was it a hit or an error? Scot Thompson, in the 'starting lineup for the first time this season, got the only Cub hit a three- or four-hopper in the hole betwen first and second that rolled up and over the left arm of second baseman Tim Flannery. . " As could be expected, Flannery insisted he should have been charged with an error. "If a second baseman cant get that ball, he shouldn't. be in the big leagues," Flannery said. "It was a routine play. "I ran three feet to my left, toward, first base. I was right there. I was in front of the ball. I thought for sure it was an error. I'd like to play here in Chicago. I'd have a chance to hit .400." MOST OF THE SAN DIEGO players seemed convinced that Eichelberger was robbed of what would have been the first no-hitter in the Padres' 14-year major-league history. The Cubs, also as could be expected, took an opposite view. "It was the right call," said Thompson. "If he makes that play, It's a helluva play." Second-base umpire John McSherry expressed surprise when advised of the controversy. "I thought It was a hit," ' McSherry said. "It was a good call." . Dave Nightingale, a veteran official scorer, came under considerable fire ' from the Padres, however. "Is there any way he can change it?" asked manager Dick Williams. "Juan should have had a , no-hitter,": -. , SAID CUB MANAGER Lee EUa: "I can't really make a fair comment on that play. But what about tho other play? I thought Briggsie should have had a hit." The reference was to pinch batter Dan Briggs' long catchable fly to left with nobody out in the bottom of the sixth. Gene Richards, fighting a tough wind, made the wrong turn, was unable to recover, and the ball glanced off his glove. Nightingale charged Richards with ' an error. Terry Kennedy, the San Diego catcher, agreed with Elia and said the two plays balanced out in ruining the no-hitter. "Briggs should -have had a hit, and , Flannery should have had an error,," Continued on page 6, col. 2 Sixth loss in row has Sox snarling By 'Robert Markus Chicago Trlbunt Pmi Swvmr KANSAS CITY, MoAre the White Sox starting to unravel? . If you listened closely to what they had ' to say after Wednesday's bitter 7-4 loss in 11 innings you mght get the idea that they are. Pitcher Steve Trout, who battled valiantly for seven innings, could hardly contain his rage afterwards. Wearing a huge bandage on his right arm, that had been hit by a batted ball, he charged: "The thing that really hurts is when you're giving them away. I think we're giving them away. "When you lose by ignorance, or whatever it may be, it's too difficult to accept. When it's ours and then it's not. Damn, damn. This was a vital game for us." TROUT DIDN'T elaborate, nor did he have to. He was charged with five runs in his seven innings but should have gotten off with only two. One run came in because Vance Law bobbled a double-play ball and only got one as a run streamed across. Another scored because of Tom Pa-clorek's error, and the final one, the , crushing one, came on a deep fly that fell between Steve Kemp and Ron LeFlore and had both outfielders sounding as if the other should have caught it. The one thing they agreed on was it should have been caught.. "I iJwught it should have been caught," said LeFlore, who had pulled up well short of the ball and watched as Kemp, who also stopped and then made a final desperate lunge. "I didn't think I could get to it." . "That ball has to be caught," agreed Kemp. "It's got to be caught. As a left fielder you've got to look at the ball and then look at your center fielder. I thought he could have caught it so I pulled up. I would have had to' make a helluva catch on it. But whatever he says. If he says I should have caught it, I should have caught it." "Nobody called for it," said LeFlore. ' "We have to communicate better." SINCE NOBODY CAUGHT it, Hal McRae had a double and Amos Otis, scored all the way from first with two out to give the Kansas City Royals a 5-4 lead. The Sox, wonder of wonders, tied it against relief ace Dan Quisenberry in the ninth and took a lead in the 10th, and just when it looked as if their losing streak would end at five, two-out lightning struck as Frank White tripled in Greg. Pryor with the tying run in the bottom of the 10th. Three successive singles with one out in the 11th pinned the first major-league defeat on rookie reliever Salome Barojas. DESPITE TROUT'S assertions that the Sox had "given it away" the Chlcagoans Continued on page 6, col. 2 Tfih .J J it - .v Inside; Connors loses in. French Open Jose Higueras stayed on the baseline and easily conquered Connors, the top seed. Page 2. Maine West wins regional Coach Al Carstens eliminated Maine East from the Class, AA baseball tournament. Page 3. Brewers fire Rodgers The Milwaukee Brewers, tied for fifth place, fired manager' Bob "Buck" Rodgers. Page 3. Bulls have eye r on assistants i f The Bul,s are Poking at several A MBA assistants In their search I Jimmy Connors for a head coach. Page 4. jt . 'A A, cross between , sport and war Lacrosse is not the picture of tranquility. Focus Page.

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