Calder Casino & Race Course said Oct. 16 that it has lifted racing and training restrictions on horses stabled at Racetrack Training Center, which is adjacent to Calder’s stables.
The 78 horses at that training center are permitted to train and race at the Miami Gardens, Fla., track effective Oct. 16. The Florida Veterinary Medical Association told Calder officials that those horses have tested negative for equine piroplasmosis (EP), a tick-borne non-contagious blood disease.
Calder is waiting for test results on approximately 40 other horses in one of its barns that is adjacent to the training center.
Pending results of tests, horses in that barn remain under restrictions that Calder put in place Sept. 12 after a horse that moved recently from New Mexico to Florida tested positive for the EP virus,
Equine piroplasmosis results from infection by the protozoa Babesia caballi or Theileria equi (formerly Babesia equi). In most cases, piroplasmosis presents an acute infection, with fever, loss of appetite, malaise, labored or rapid respiration, and congestion of the mucus membranes. In rare cases the disease can be fatal.
On Sept. 24, four horses stabled at Calder that tested positive for that virus were euthanized by decision of their owner.
Calder did not identify the owner, who chose euthanizing the horses rather than the other options of permanent quarantine or export out of the United States. The horses were trained by Giuseppe Iadisernia.
On Sept 24, the Florida Veterinary Medical Association said it found no evidence of ticks on any of the horses in the one Calder barn or at the training center. That center is not owned by or affiliated with Calder.
Restrictions remain in place until Oct. 25 on horses in the one barn, where testing is still being conducted.
Horses in that barn cannot leave Calder or train during regular training hours.
There are no restrictions on the approximately 1,750 other horses at Calder and no restrictions on horses being permitted to ship into Calder.