EHV Concerns Close Penn National Stable Gate to Outside Horses

While no new cases of the Equineherpes Virus (EHV-1) have been diagnosed at Penn National Race Course since a horse trained by Todd Beattie tested positive Jan. 20, the stablegate remains closed to outside horses.

"As of today, we're still in a shutdown," Paul Jenkins, racing secretary of the Grantville, Pa. oval said Tuesday. "We're in the process of trying to figure out where we're going. I don't know if we're confident that Maryland is out of the woods yet or if the virus has run its course."

Jenkins said the horse that tested positive at Penn National, West End Lady, is doing well and did not have to be euthanized. She had raced at Laurel Park in early January and then was returned to her barn at Penn National, where she began displaying symptoms of the virus.

"We were very fortunate in that Todd (Beattie) acted immediately and took every single precaution you can possibly take," said Jenkins. "It minimized the effect that it had on our general horse population."

Jenkins said that despite the loss of about 20 shippers per night, he has had no trouble filling cards since the ban on outside horses was announced Jan. 22.