The KTFMC is recommending all breeders with mares booked to central Kentucky stallions confirm the 2006 requirements from the farms where they will be breeding prior to sending a mare to the shed.
State veterinarian Robert Stout rescinded the quarantine order on Barn 27 at Turfway Park, the last order in place following an outbreak of equine herpesvirus (EHV-1) at the track. The release signals the end of all quarantine restrictions at Turfway. Barn 27 was quarantined Jan. 6 when some horses stabled there tested positive for exposure to the virus, which can attack a horse's upper respiratory and neurological systems. The 52 horses stabled in Barn 27 will resume training with the general population on Feb. 3. "On behalf of all of us at Turfway, I want to express my appreciation for the outstanding cooperation we received from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, Kentucky Horse Racing Authority (KHRA) state veterinarian Nancy Davis, and the diagnostic lab at the University of Kentucky," said Turfway Park president Robert N. Elliston. "We also appreciate the patience our horsemen have shown as we worked to ensure the safety and well-being of all the horses at Turfway." The original quarantine was imposed Dec. 21 when the filly Coupe Aux Marrons exhibited neurological manifestations of the disease and was euthanized two days later. Barn 26 was released from quarantine Jan. 19 following negative test results from the 48 horses stabled there.Meanwhile, the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers Club is striving to heighten the awareness of EHV by breeders heading into the 2006 breeding season in central Kentucky. For 2006, many stud farms have requested that all mares visiting their breeding shed be vaccinated 7-90 days before breeding for equine herpes virus Type I with Rhinomune, Pneumabort K, or a comparable vaccination. A statement to this effect may be required to accompany the mare to the breeding shed or faxed to the farm office.