The decision by the Breeders’ Cup to ban the use of Lasix for its year-end races is likely to embolden other organizations that are against the raceday use of the drug, according to officials.

The ban will be applied to the five races for 2-year-olds in the 2012 championships and all 15 races for the 2013 event.

“Breeders’ Cup can obviously decide what rules they want to adopt for their event,” Bellocq said. “The fact remains that the [June conference] clearly showed that this is not a black-and-white issue. We’re still focused on working with all these groups on a policy that’s best for U.S. racing,” Remi Bellocq, the executive director of the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association.