Woodbine EHV-1 Restrictions Partially Lifted

Ontario Racing Commission releases one barn and allows most horses to leave grounds.

Restrictions on horses stabled in Barn 3 at Woodbine for neurologic equine herpesvirus-1 have been lifted, Dr. Adam Chambers, the Ontario Racing Commission's manager of veterinary services announced, and horses not stabled in Barn 1 are now allowed to exit the Toronto-area track.

The easing of restrictions was announced in a notice issued June 19, one week after five cases of a strain of EHV-1 that resulted in one equine death were reported.

Subsequently, the ORC implemented biosecurity protocol that prevented horses residing in Barns 1 and 3 from leaving their barns and any horse from leaving the premises without ORC permission.

"There have been two negative tests for EHV-1 for all horses in Barn 3, and as a result these horses may now train during normal training hours and race," Chambers said in the notice. "While no horse in Barn 3 had at any time tested positive for EHV-1, the restrictions were initiated as a pony with direct contact with horses in Barn 1 was stabled in that barn."

Three horses from Barn 1 that had tested positive for EHV-1 are not allowed to leave their barn. All other Barn 1 horses will be allowed to train on the training track after the track closes to training for all other horses. The other horse that tested positive was removed after running a fever and showing neurologic signs; that horse was transported to the Ontario Veterinary College for evaluation and treatment.

Woodbine horsemen can look forward to June 26. If there is a second negative test for EHV-1 for all of the horses in Barn 1, their restrictions on racing and training will be lifted.