Magic Weisner Remains at New Bolton; Return to Track Delayed

Magic Weisner, the Preakness runner-up recovering from West Nile virus, was to have been released Thursday, Sept. 12, from the New Bolton Center in Pennsylvania. But veterinarians at New Bolton decided to keep the 3-year-old gelding a couple of more days, according to Dr. Bob Vallance, the horse's Maryland veterinarian.

Vallance said that Magic Weisner is doing fine, but that veterinarians at New Bolton want to monitor his condition another day or two as a precaution before sending him home . Vallance said that Magic Weisner is now expected to return Saturday to his stall at Laurel Park.

Nancy Alberts, his owner, trainer and breeder, plans on bringing him home in her own van. She can't wait.

"Isn't it weird how much I've missed him?" Alberts said. "It's strange how you can miss a horse this much."

Veterinarians say that Magic Weisner should recover fully and return to racing. Alberts said she'd watch him closely for a few days before deciding when to send him back to the track.