EHV-1 cases disrupts racing at Vernon Downs, NY

Location of Vernon Downs, in Oneida County, New York.
Location of Vernon Downs, in Oneida County, New York.

A case of equine herpes virus-1 has disrupted racing at an upstate New York harness-racing track.

Vernon Downs’ stable area remains under quarantine as a safety precaution after the case was diagnosed on Saturday. The infected five-year-old horse was euthanized.

Saturday’s racing was cancelled as a result of the case.

Track officials said the virus was currently contained to one barn on the Vernon backstretch. That barn is under constant secured quarantine.

At this time, the intention is to race Thursday’s card at Vernon using only those horses stabled at the track.

No visiting horses will be granted entry to the barn area and will be scratched from the races without penalty.

The length of the quarantine is undetermined at this time.

The situation will continue to be monitored by both track and state officials and any updates will be advised.

The track advised a list of precautions for those who had horses that raced at Vernon Downs from April 19 to May 3.

Owners of horses that raced at Vernon during that period were told to contact the Tioga Downs or Meadowlands Race Office to discuss what stipulations needed to be met for the entry to be accepted for racing at those tracks.

Upon arrival at the tracks, the shipper must produce an official health certificate current within 72 hours and each horse will be subject to an examination by a track veterinarian.


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