Standardbreds protected with FLAIR® Nasal Strips dominate Cup Day
Purdon-Rasmussen make history with seven wins on the day

Delano MN – Flair LLC, maker of the FLAIR Equine Nasal Strip, is pleased to congratulate ADORE ME who set a new world record when winning the $714,000.00 Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup (gr. I) on Tuesday afternoon at Addington Raceway. Raced to victory by Mark Purdon, the champion mare reeled off the last 800- meters in 55-seconds en route to a final time of 03:54.6. ADORE ME became the first mare to win the Cup since MAINLAND BANNER won in 2005. Protected with a FLAIR Strip, ADORE ME’s performance was the fastest ever in the Cup’s 111-year history.

The Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup is considered Australasia’s most prestigious harness racing event, and Standardbreds protected with a FLAIR Strip won 9 of the 12 events on Cup Day. Among them was the win by HAVE FAITH IN ME who set a New Zealand record in the $156,400.00 NRM Sires’ Stakes Series Final (gr. I). In a dominating performance, STENT took the Granite Benchtop Company-New Zealand Trotting Free-For-All (gr. I). MESSINI smashed the New Zealand record for 2,600-meters in the Fahey Fence Hire Free-For-All (gr. III).

The All Stars stable of Mark Purdon and his co-trainer, and partner Natalie Rasmussen made harness racing history on Cup Day, when New Zealand’s leading barn accounted for seven winners, three seconds and two thirds. Purdon – who protects all his Standardbred runners with a FLAIR Strip – noted the importance of what the day meant to him.It’s been the greatest day in harness racing for me without doubt,Purdon stated. Flair LLC salutes the All Stars stable on using FLAIR Nasal Strips to help their horses breathe easier, while providing clinically proven drug- free protection from EIPH.

FLAIR Strip Co-Inventor and President, Jim Chiapetta DVM JD, recognized the accomplishments of Cup Day. Flair LLC is truly pleased to see the growing number of Strips on Standardbred athletes, when competing on harness racing’s greatest stage”, said Chiapetta. “Standardbred trainers and veterinarians in Australasia are well versed on the clinical studies and the protection FLAIR Strips provide their horses’ lungs.

Eight clinical studies have been conducted on FLAIR Strips at leading equine research centers in the United States.

About FLAIR Nasal Strips: FLAIR Strips provide drug-free support and protection to the respiratory system of hard-working equine athletes. FLAIR Strips have been proven to: reduce airway resistance, reduce lung stress and bleeding, reduce fatigue, and shorten post-exercise recovery time.

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