Horse Health & Wellness

Quarantines Continue As Racing Resumes At The Meadows

Thoughtyoudlikeit wins the feature race at The Meadows on Feb. 23, 2018 as racing resumed after the track was closed due to an EHV-1 outbreak. Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. drove for trainer Randy Bendis. Credits: Christopher Gooden

WASHINGTON, Pa. — Three barns at The Meadows Racetrack remain under quarantine for having or previously having horses with the neurological form of equine herpes virus (EHM). Despite the quarantines, the track has resumed racing.

According to the Equine Disease Communications Center, a total of four horses developed and an additional eight horses have tested positive for EHV-1 without neurologic signs since the first case in late January. The last EHM case was identified on Feb. 23. A daily monitoring period for clinical signs in the remaining exposed, asymptomatic horses is ongoing in the quarantined barns.

Meanwhile racing resumed on Feb. 23.

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The track also submitted a proposal to the Pennsylvania Racing Commission to replace lost racing days by increasing the schedule from three days per week to four days per week in October and November and by eliminating previously scheduled breaks in May, July and September.

“We are eager to return to the rhythm and excitement of our year-round racing season, and to welcome the horses and their drivers back to the track,” said Allie Evangelista, Vice President and General Manager of The Meadows Racetrack & Casino. “There is nothing like the thrill of live racing and no place more beautiful to experience it than right here at The Meadows.”

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