As spring racing meets approach, we are at the time of year when movement of racing horses into Kentucky significantly increases.  This increases the opportunity for disease-causing organisms to also move. For this reason we continue to be mindful, aware, and monitor disease events in other racing jurisdictions. Regretfully, we have been quite busy the past few weeks monitoring EHV1 outbreaks at various tracks, and as of this morning, the trend looks to continue. Based on this information, coupled with our inability to adequately isolate new arrivals on the grounds of our tracks and training facilities, we do take an extraordinary abundance of precaution to mitigate risk of disease entry to our racing environments. Below is our direction to KY tracks and their associated sanctioned training centers prohibiting and/or qualifying movement of horses onto KY tracks/training centers from various areas of the country. The directions apply only to movement of horses to racing/training facilities and does not prohibit movement to farms where we will work to qualify individual movements to tracks.

Penn National Race Course:

Earlier today we learned and have now confirmed that a horse stabled at Penn National in Grantville, PA, had earlier in the week been referred to the New Bolton Center after developing a significant fever which I understand has since resolved. Diagnostic testing did identify the horse to be EHV1 Positive to the wild type (non-neuropathogenic strain).  The barn the horse had been stabled in is under a quarantine imposed by the track and I have been in communication with the track’s veterinarian.  At this point-in-time there has been no neurologic abnormality observed and the track does not see need/benefit in testing potentially exposed horses at this time.  With exception of the quarantined barn, there are no further restrictions in place and horses are allowed to enter and exit the grounds.

Parx Raciing:
As anticipated, the quarantine/restrictions disallowing movement of horses from Parx was released.

At this time our position is unchanged and movement of horses that are or have been at Parx will need to be approved by the KY Office State Veterinarian to enter the grounds of a KY track or sanctioned training center.

Fonner Park:

Recently published reports state that the quarantine prohibiting movement of horses off the grounds has been partially released in that horses stabled outside of Barn R are now permitted to exit the grounds unrestricted.  Horses in Barn R remain under quarantine.

MOVEMENT OF HORSES FROM:
Penn National
 to KY tracks is currently disallowed as we are continuing to monitor the event and gather and assess epidemiologic information as best we can.  In addition to the horses stabled at Penn National, this does include any horse which travels from another barn/stable to work, race, or transit Penn National and then return to its home.  We will work to develop a protocol that could potentially qualify movement of horses from or that have recently been on the grounds of Penn National onto a KY track or sanctioned training center.

Parx to KY tracks, our position is unchanged and horses which have recently (since March 7) been on the grounds at Parx, can qualify for approval to enter a KY track or sanctioned training center if they have documentation demonstrating they have been off the grounds of Parx for 30 days – OR – horses may move from Parx and after having been off the grounds for 24 hours be examined by a veterinarian and tested negative by PCR for EHV-1 (nasal swab and whole blood – EDTA) could qualify for entry onto a Kentucky racing or training facility.  A Certificate of Veterinary Inspection for the horse(s) from the point where the sample was collected needs to be issued for movement to the Kentucky racing or training facility and must document the EHV1 testing, current health assessment in addition to meeting the normal entry requirements that includes EHV1 vaccination and EIA test certificate.

Fonner Park:  With horses now being allowed to depart Fonner Park unrestricted, movement of horses that are or have been at Fonner Park since March 12, will need to be approved by the KY Office State Veterinarian to enter the grounds of a KY track or sanctioned training center.  Such horses may qualify for approval to enter a KY track or sanctioned training center if they move from Fonner and after having been off the grounds for 24 hours be examined by a veterinarian and tested negative by PCR for EHV-1 (nasal swab and whole blood – EDTA).  A Certificate of Veterinary Inspection for the horse(s) from the point where the sample was collected needs to be issued for movement to the Kentucky racing or training facility and must document the EHV1 testing, current health assessment in addition to meeting the normal entry requirements that includes EHV1 vaccination and EIA test certificate.