Hoosier Park Racing & Casino has detected two horses in the quarantine barn exhibiting fever, so as a precautionary measure, both horses were removed from the grounds and shipped to a secondary quarantine facility per recommendation of the Indiana State Board of Animal Health.
Hoosier Park Racing and Casino received test results back from horses quarantined on the backstretch for Streptococcus equi (equine strangles). All tests have been returned as negative for the infection in these horses.
A potential outbreak of strangles at Hoosier Park has forced Kentucky racetracks and public training stables to temporarily ban all horses from the Indiana track.
Hoosier Park Racing and Casino took precautionary measures Sept. 12 when symptoms of a case of Streptococcus equi (strangles), a contagious bacterial disease, was suspected in a Thoroughbred racehorse on the backstretch at the facility.
Three horses at a private training center in La Grange, Ky., have been confirmed positive for Streptococcus equi, the bacterium that causes strangles. The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has quarantined the barn.
Results of the initial round of testing of horses quarantined barn at Ellis Park have all come back negative for the equine bacterial disease strangles.
- By Tom LaMarra
Kentucky legislators received assurances July 13 the state is well equipped to handle future equine disease outbreaks, but they got no answers to questions about the origin of the strangles cases earlier this spring at the Churchill Downs Trackside Training Center.
A 4-year-old filly stabled at Ellis Park has been diagnosed with strangles. Rusty Ford, equine programs manager for the office of the state veterinarian, said the filly presented June 30 with an elevated body temperature and has since been removed from the grounds and taken to a private quarantine facility near Lexington.
A 4-year-old filly stabled at Ellis Park in Henderson, Ky. has been diagnosed with strangles.
- By James Platz
The Indiana Board of Animal Health has lifted a quarantine placed on 45 horses confined to the receiving barn at Indiana Downs.
With the recent "strangles" threat now behind it, the New York Racing Association is going back to its original security plan for Saturday's Belmont Stakes (gr. I) participants.
Extra precautions are being taken to ensure Belmont Park is safe for horses running in the June 11 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) because of a suspected case of the contagious respiratory disease strangles. A special barn for out-of-state horses competing in the Belmont is being prepared to eliminate any chance of spreading the disease.
Weekend testing done by both a local laboratory and the University of Illinois have come up negative for horses quarantined at Belmont Park that were suspected of having been exposed to the bacteria that causes a contagious respiratory disease called "strangles."
The field for the 137th Belmont Stakes (gr. I) on June 11 is slowly taking shape, with at least nine 3-year-olds pointing for the third leg of the Triple Crown. The 1 1/2-mile "Test of the Champion" will be headed by Preakness (gr. I) winner Afleet Alex and Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Giacomo.
New York Racing Association's veterinarian team has tested every horse in quarantined barn 60 at Belmont Park after the filly Lady Libby showed signs of contracting the respiratory disease strangles.
With a possible case of strangles in New York, all shippers from Aqueduct and Belmont to Monmouth Park will be isolated in a separate receiving area upon arrival.
A suspected case of strangles will prevent Preakness (gr. I) winner Afleet Alex, the leader of the 3-year-old division and likely favorite for the 137th Belmont Stakes (gr. I) on June 11, from arriving at Belmont Park on Saturday as was previously scheduled.
Attendance and handle were both down significantly at the 2005 Aqueduct winter/spring meet, which concluded on May 1.
The New York Racing Association placed the Belmont Park barn of trainer Steve Kappes under quarantine May 27 following discovery of a suspected case of strangles.
As a result of a confirmed case of the equine respiratory disease strangles at Delaware Park, horses currently stabled at the Delaware racetrack will not be permitted to ship to Monmouth Park. In addition, and any horse that ships to Delaware from Monmouth will not be permitted to return.
As a result of a confirmed case of strangles at Delaware Park and the recent outbreak of equine herpes virus at Churchill Downs, the New York Racing Association has imposed restrictions on horses from those tracks planning to be shipped to NYRA facilities.
The Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission veterinarians were notified May 25 about a confirmed case of strangles found in a Thoroughbred stabled at Delaware Park.
- By James Platz
The receiving barn at Indiana Downs will be quarantined for the remainder of the Thoroughbred meet given the fact two horses have returned positive tests for strangles, an equine respiratory diesase.
Some horses at Indiana Downs are being tested for strangles after two of them showed symptoms of the equine respiratory disease in the receiving barn May 19. Live racing subsequently was canceled for the evening.
The Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders sent a letter to Gov. Ernie Fletcher April 8 requesting a state investigation regarding the equine bacterial disease strangles and its recent spread from Kentucky to Florida and then back.
- By Tom LaMarra
The National Animal Identification System, still a work in progress but headed for mandatory implementation, could have been useful in tracking and containing strangles in Florida and Kentucky, a veterinarian with the United States Department of Agriculture said.
Churchill Downs has ended its halt to shipments of horses from three Florida facilities where possible cases of the equine bacterial disease strangles had been reported, although restrictions remain for horses that have been housed in quarantined or restricted barns at those tracks and training centers.
Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association officials said they are satisfied the strangles situation is being properly handled in Florida.
Responding to the presence of the bacterial infection strangles among racehorses in Florida, the California Horse Racing Board, in conjunction with the state's racetracks, has established a policy setting health requirements for horses being shipped from Florida to California.
Test results confirmed late Friday afternoon that three horses have tested positive for strangles at Tampa Bay Downs. The affected barn has been placed under quarantine and the infected horses have been isolated to a separate area.
Calder Race Course will reopen its stable area April 2 after having been closed for one week as a precautionary measure to help prevent the spread of the equine disease strangles.
With opening day at Keeneland a little more than a week away, the track hosted a March 31 information meeting concerning the recent cases of strangles reported in South Florida and the Churchill Downs Trackside training center. The meeting also outlined the precautions the track is taking to ensure the disease does not spread.
Strangles has forced the New York Racing Association to place temporary restrictions on horses entering the grounds at either Belmont Park or Aqueduct.
Keeneland Association is hosting an information meeting on Thursday, March 31, regarding recent cases of strangles in South Florida and at Churchill Downs' Trackside training center in Louisville, Ky.
A March 28 teleconference sponsored by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association was designed to profile entrants in the April 2 Florida Derby (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park, but it looks as though the prospective field will undergo some changes. Instead, the media event focused largely on equine health.
Though cases of strangles at Palm Meadows Training Center in South Florida appear to have been confined, the five positive tests for the equine bacterial infection set in motion a chain of events up and down the East Coast.
Calder Race Course will close its stable area to shippers from March 26-April 2 as a precautionary measure to help prevent the spread of the equine disease strangles.
Seven horses at Gulfstream Park's Palm Meadows Training Center in Boynton Beach, Fla. have tested positive for the equine bacterial disease known as strangles.
The number of confirmed cases of the equine disease known as strangles has declined and there is no evidence that the disease has spread, results of a second round of tests performed on horses quarantined in a pair of barns at Churchill Downs' Trackside Louisville training center show.
Initial test results show that 19 horses have tested positive for possible strangles infection at the Trackside training center in Louisville, Ky., according to information provided by Churchill Downs.
Churchill Downs is taking precautionary measures at its Trackside training facility in Louisville, Ky., after a Thoroughbred racehorse was diagnosed with strangles, a contagious bacterial disease.
Equine researchers at Colorado State University's James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital are developing a faster and simpler test to determine a horse's level of exposure to strangles.
Strangles is a highly contagious disease of the upper respiratory system in the horse. It is caused by a bacterium, Streptococcus equi. Symptoms of strangles include inflammation of the throat, nasal discharge, and abscesses in the lymph nodes that are located in the head region.
Topped by the $65,000 paid by agent Ramona Good for the Crafty Prospector mare Gamble For Gold, Fasig-Tipton Kentucky concluded its February mixed sale Monday with a 9% decline in average price.Tuesday the sales company held a special auction at the Paris, Ky., stockyards, to sell horses originally purchased by Bernice L. Givens Sykes at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic December Mixed Sale.
"Just when you think it can't get much worse, it got worse," said Boyd Browning, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Fasig-Tipton, on Feb. 5. Browning was discussing complications involving the pending sale of 89 horses repossessed by Fasig-Tipton and Keeneland from the Maryland mystery buyer, Bernice L. Givens Sykes, who signed tickets for nearly $700,000 for 134 horses at the Keeneland November and Fasig-Tipton Midlantic December mixed sale and then failed to pay for them.
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