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Calder Lifts Quarantine; Horses Can Ship

Calder has lifted a quaratine that lasted about three weeks.

Calder Casino & Race Course lifted a virus-related quarantine Dec. 21, allowing 60 horses to resume normal training and racing.

The quarantine has been in place since late November, when one horse was diagnosed with equine herpesvirus. No other horses on the grounds contracted the virus.

Horses are now permitted to ship to Calder for racing.

“While the quarantine was hard on our December performance, our team was successful to effectively isolate the infection and prevent it from affecting others,” Calder vice president and general manager of racing John Marshall said in a statement. “We appreciate the patience of our horsemen, and cooperation of several agencies at the state and federal levels; we contained a very serious situation, ensuring the overall safety and welfare of our industry’s participants.”

The quarantine and related restrictions led the track to cancel two stakes earlier in December.

“Now that the quarantine is behind us, we are back to showcasing a level of competitive racing that racing fans expect of Calder this time of year,” Marshall said.

There are about two weeks left in the Tropical at Calder meet. On Dec. 26, Calder will offer three stakes: the $150,000 W.L. McKnight Handicap (gr. IIT), $100,000 Kenny Noe Jr. Handicap (gr. III), and $100,000 Stage Door Betty Handicap (gr. III). The final stakes of the meet, the Tropical Park Derby (gr. IIIT), is scheduled for Jan. 1.

South Florida Thoroughbred racing moves to Gulfstream Park Jan. 3.

Calder’s slot machine casino is set to open in late January.