With the Oaklawn Park
stable area set to open Nov. 12, the Arkansas track announced Nov. 7 that it will ban all horses that have recently been at Hawthorne in response to a growing number there being diagnosed with the highly contagious Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1).
Working in conjunction with Arkansas State Racing Commission veterinarian Dr. Joseph Lokanc and Association veterinarian Dr. Lee Cyphers, Oaklawn has updated its policy regarding EHV-1.
Now, any horses (both Thoroughbreds and track ponies) that originate from Hawthorne or horses which have been on the grounds of the Illinois track for any reason during the most recent 28 days will not be allowed in the Oaklawn stable area. In addition, all horses entering the Oaklawn stable area must have a current health certificate which shows vaccination for EHV-1 not more than 60 days old and not less than 14 days old prior to their arrival.
Horsemen are encouraged to contact their practicing veterinarian or Dr. Lokanc with any questions; Dr. Lokanc may be reached at (630) 632-1601.
"We hope to lift the ban well before our live race meet, but we have to make the safety of all the horses entering the Oaklawn barn area our top priority," said David Longinotti, assistant general manager of racing. "We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will rely on advice from both Dr. Lokanc and Dr. Cyphers."
Oaklawn's barn area opens Nov. 12 and the track opens for training the following Monday, Nov. 19. The 2013 race meet begins Jan. 11.