Calder Takes Precautions to Prevent Strangles

Edited press release

Calder Race Course will close its stable area to shippers from March 26-April 2 as a precautionary measure to help prevent the spread of the equine disease strangles.

No horses stabled at Calder have tested positive for the bacterial
infection. However, several Thoroughbreds stabled at Palm Meadows Training Center in Boynton Beach, Fla., have tested positive for strangles and are currently under quarantine at that facility.

Thoroughbreds stabled at Calder that are entered in races at Gulfstream Park will be allowed to come and go from Calder's stable area in order to participate in races at the track in
Hallandale, Fla. However, Calder will not allow new horses to ship into its stable area until after April 2.

Calder racing secretary Bob Umphrey said the precautionary action was necessary to ensure the continued health and well being of the Calder horse population.

"We have every reason to believe that measures taken at Palm Meadows to control the spread of the infection will be successful," Umphrey said in a release. "In concert with those efforts, we believe it is both prudent and responsible to restrict access to Calder's barn area until we have received assurances from attending veterinarians that the illness has been contained.

"Within a week, we hope to have a better sense of the effectiveness of the quarantinemeasures in place at the training center."