The New York Racing Association (NYRA) and the New York State Gaming Commission (NYSGC) has placed Barn 86 under quarantine due to a positive case of Equine Herpesvirus-1 that emerged from that barn.
As a precautionary protocol, during the initial quarantine period horses from that barn will not be allowed to enter races or train among the other horses at the track.
The name of the horse is being protected, but it is a horse trained by Jorge Abreu. The horse was sent to Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital on Sunday, July 11th following a fever. At the hospital the horse was tested for different ailments, but a positive test for EHV-1 came back on the afternoon of Thursday. Treatment began promptly. The good news is the horse is improving under the care of Dr. Luis Castro, DVMA.
There are 46 horses occupying Barn 86—horses conditioned by Abreu and trainer Kenny McPeek. These horses will be monitored for signs of sickness.
Horses identified as Afebrile/asymptomatic from Barn 86 will have their own isolated training hours at the location of Oklahoma Training Track. Their training begins after the general horse population has completed their training, which is at 10:00 am.
The Equine Herpesvirus is a virus found in horses anywhere in the world, and is quite common and most of the time without serious side-effects. According to the AAEP, EHV-1 is one of two most common species, which can cause abortion, respiratory complications, and sometimes neurological problems in those rare cases. It's still critical for the horse receive treatment immeiately due to the contagious nature of the virus; contagious via horse-to-horse contact by the respiratory tract through nasal secretions. Read the fuller analysis in greater detail here.
Source: NYRA, AAEP