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EHM Scare Hits Belmont Park


By Dick Downey

Updated at 2:33 pm CT

Three weeks before the Gotham Stakes is scheduled to be held, officials at the New York Racing Association (NYRA) and New York State Gaming Commission have placed Barn 10 at Belmont Park under quarantine after a  suspected case of equine herpes myeloencephalopathy (EHM) developed in that barn. The quarantine is effective immediately.

The affected horse, a 4-year-old filly trained by Tom Albertrani, developed a fever this past Monday and started treatment under the care of a private veterinarian. On Thursday evening, the filly began exhibiting clear neurologic symptoms. That night, Dr. Anthony Verderosa, Director of NYRA's Veterinary Department, placed Barn 10 at Belmont Park under a 21-day quarantine. All standard precautions and biosecurity measures are now in place.

The horse that led to the quarantine of Barn 10 at Belmont Park was euthanized around mid-day Friday after her condition deteriorated.

At this time, no other horses in the quarantined barn have developed fever or exhibited symptoms.

All 21 horses stabled in Barn 10 will be monitored daily for fever and other signs of illness. During the quarantine period, these horses will not be permitted to run or enter races. They will have isolated training hours following the normal closure of the training track at 10 a.m.

In the meantime, with four weeks until the Rebel Stakes, Oaklawn Park is banning horses from its grounds that have been at Belmont Park and a training center in Kentucky since Jan. 24. The track issued a release stating, "Effective immediately and until further notice any horse that has been at the Thoroughbred Center in Lexington, KY or Belmont Park in Elmont, NY since Jan. 24 will not be permitted on the grounds at Oaklawn because of EHV-1."

It's unclear at this post whether there are two concurrent issues in play or whether both tracks are concerned essentially about the same thing.

With content from NYRA


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