Calder Barn Quarantine Lifted
by Jim Freer
Date Posted: 3/24/2010 12:23:21 PM
Last Updated: 3/25/2010 8:51:31 AM
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The Florida Department of Agriculture on March 23 lifted a quarantine on a Calder Race Course barn that had been the stable for a horse that died March 22.
With that action, Calder is permitting the approximately 35 horses in that barn to resume training during normal hours.
As of the morning of March 24, Calder was waiting for the University of Florida to provide results on a necropsy of the dead horse. Those results will determine whether Calder will consider re-imposing any restrictions on the one barn, officials at the Miami Gardens, Fla., track said.
Calder has not released the identity of the dead horse. It put the one barn under quarantine March 20, after that horse showed signs of a neurological illness.
On March 20, Calder also prohibited horses from being shipped into and out of its property.
That ban led Gulfstream Park on March 21 to cancel two races, in which the majority of entrants were scheduled to be vanned the eight miles from Calder.
On the morning of March 23, Calder removed the shipping ban after blood test results from the University of Kentucky showed that the horse was not suffering from the equine herpes virus EHV-1. That is a highly contagious disease, with flu-like symptoms including fever and respiratory infection.
Gulfstream was dark =March 22 and 23. It resumed racing on March 24, with its scheduled nine-race card.
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