Fendall Clagett, representing area horsemen, yesterday polled the membership to get its feeling on a possible boycott of Maryland racing because of the state Racing Commission's ruling banning use of the drugs Butazolidin and Lasix on thoroughbreds beginning Jan. 1.
The proposed boycott would be during Christimas week, the last week before the ban is scheduled to go into effect.
Asked how he felt about a boycott, trainer Ron Alfano, trainer of 32 horses, said, "I'll go along with the others. Bute and Lasix are a big help in keeping a horse going."
Trainer Tom Caviness agreed. "We smaller outfits need the drug to keep a horse going. There are too many small owners in the game today who cannot afford to give horses time off. We'll get the worst of it."
Asked if he would want the drugs used if he were a horseplayer, Caviness said, "No, not as a player. It could be difficult to understand the drugs' effects."
Trainer Judith Zouk agreed with the commission ruling. She said, "I am a trainer of a small stable and I think the ban of those drugs is absolutely correct. The abuse of the drugs left the commission and officials no alternative. Now maybe we'll see some better horsemanship."
Trainer Ralph Verderosa, who once conditioned a reformed plater to win the prestiguous Campbell Handicap said, "I couldn't be happier. Those big outfits have been getting all the best of it with the medication to help them. Now we'll see who the horsemen are."