CHRB Confirms Horse at Santa Anita Had EHV-1

Three-year-old filly was euthanized March 5 after developing neurological symptoms.

Diagnostic tests done at the University of California-Davis have confirmed that a euthanized horse stabled at Santa Anita Park was positive for equine herpesvirus. 

On March 5, My Sugar Sugar, an unraced 3-year-old filly trained by Eddie Truman, required euthanasia after developing neurological signs. There have been no other reported cases of EHV-1 at Santa Anita.

According to a statement from the California Horse Racing Board, My Sugar Sugar had been feverish four days earlier and developed neurological signs on day four. Biosecurity procedures were implemented that day and the California Department of Agriculture was notified of a suspected case of EHV-1. 

The average incubation period for EHV-1 is 4 to 7 days, with the majority of cases being 3 to 8 days, but with some taking up to 14 days. All horses in the stable are being closely monitored and none of the others has exhibited signs of fever or illness.

Learn more about EHV-1 from this Ask the Vet podcast from EHV-1 Horse Health Alert.

Horsemen in the Santa Anita stable area are advised to be especially vigilant in this regard and to immediately notify the CHRB Official Veterinarian if they have any suspicious cases. The CHRB website contains the following links to information about EHV-1, including control measures that are taken to help prevent its spread: