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Calder Closed to Shippers

Positive heresvirus found in horse previously stabled there

Officials at Calder Race Course Nov. 30 said a horse previously in its stable area has tested positive for Equine Herpesvirus (EHV-1) and that the track would not permit horses to ship into the facility, for stabling or for a race, for 14 days.

Officials at Calder, in Miami Gardens, Fla., said no other horses are showing signs or symptoms of illness.

“This appears to be isolated to the one horse,” a Calder official said.

Calder said the horse, which it would not identify, showed neurological symptoms over the Nov. 28-29 weekend and was sent to the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in Gainesville, Fla. On Nov. 30, results of tests showed the horse tested positive for EHV-1.

Also on Nov. 30, Tampa Bay Downs said it will not permit horses currently stabled at Calder to be on its backside.

“There are no cases of EHV-1 at Tampa Bay Downs,” the Oldsmar, Fla., track said in a statement.

Tampa Bay Downs will begin its 2009-2010 race meet Dec. 12.

Calder officials said the ill horse was in the barn of trainer Bill White.

Horses in three barns will not be able to race for three weeks, and there will be no shipping in or out of these barns for three weeks.

Horses in the three barns can train on the main track on non-race days from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. On race days, they can train on the training track between 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Those times are outside the training hours for the rest of the population.

Calder officials said no decisions on whether the quarantine will impact the track’s racing schedule will be made until Dec. 1.

Calder said it is working with the Florida Department of Agriculture and its Division of Animal Industry to take precautions regarding EVH-1, a contagious disease spread among horses with flu-like symptoms, including fever or respiratory infection.