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Vernon Downs in quarantine with EHV-1 cases

Posted 5/5/22

VERNON — Racing at Vernon Downs has been canceled for Friday and Saturday this week, as well as the week's qualifiers, due to the deaths of two horses. The track has also closed the barn area and …

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Vernon Downs in quarantine with EHV-1 cases

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VERNON — Racing at Vernon Downs has been canceled for Friday and Saturday this week, as well as the week's qualifiers, due to the deaths of two horses. The track has also closed the barn area and all horses stabled there are under quarantine until further notice.

Once management was notified of the first death on Monday, the horse was transported to Cornell University Equine hospital for necropsy and the barn area was locked down, the track announced. The results of that necropsy confirmed that Equine Herpesvirus 1 was the cause of death.

A second horse died Tuesday and a third was transported to Cornell while still alive on Wednesday, with tests pending on those.

"Out of an abundance of caution, live racing for Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7, and this week's qualifiers at Vernon Downs have been canceled, pending regulatory approval," the track announced.

The New York State Gaming Commission and state Department of Agriculture are advising Vernon Downs staff. "A separate, informational release from those offices with greater detail on the events and the virus itself is forthcoming," the track noted. "Further details will be made public as they are available."

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