Calder Horse Dead; Barn Under Quarantine

A horse that was suffering from an apparent neurologic illness died the morning of March 22 at Calder Casino & Race Course, Calder officials said.

Calder, in Miami Gardens, Fla., is sending the horse to the University of Florida for a necropsy.

On March 20, the horse began showing signs of illness. Calder sent blood samples to the University of Kentucky for testing. Calder has not released the identity of the horse.

Calder expects to get test results back late in the afternoon of March 22, said spokeswoman Michele Blanco. Based on test results, Calder and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will determine what precautionary steps to take.

The barn where the now-deceased horse was stabled has been under quarantine since March 20. Horses in that barn can train only during restricted hours.

Pending test results, Calder is not permitting horses to ship on or off its property.

On March 21, Gulfstream Park canceled two races because large numbers of entries could not be vanned the eight miles from Calder. Gulfstream ran the eight other races on its 10-race card.

Gulfstream will hold a race card as scheduled on March 24, said its president Ken Dunn. However, it might have to cancel one or more races if Calder's ban on shippers remains in effect.--Jim Freer and Esther Marr

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