Beulah Park Quarantine Continues, Three Horses Confirmed Dead

One barn at Beulah Park near Columbus, Ohio, has been released from quarantine, but a possible new case of equine herpesvirus (EHV) is being investigated in another barn, officials said Jan. 8.

The quarantine that began in late December 2010 was lifted from Barn 25, which had been considered low-risk. However, Barn 24 remains under quarantine for the neurologic strain of EHV. So far three horses from that barn have died, officials said.

There could be a new case in Barn 23, said Chris McErlean, vice president of racing for Beulah Park owner Penn National Gaming Inc. A preliminary test was negative for EHV, but Ohio Department of Agriculture veterinarians will perform another test on the horse in question.

EHV is a highly contagious virus that can cause a variety of ailments in horses including rhinopneumonitis (a respiratory disease mostly of young horses), abortion in broodmares, and myeloencephalopathy (the neurologic form, which has been confirmed at Beulah Park and can lead to death).

Ohio State Racing Commission (OSRC) officials said non-quarantined horses are permitted to leave Beulah Park while the quarantine is in place, but the OSRC prefers that no horses be brought onto the track grounds. Horses that are brought in won't be allowed to leave until the quarantine ends.

With quarantines and various biosecurity measures in place, the 2011 live race meet began as scheduled Jan. 8 at Beulah Park and continues uninterrupted.

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Tom LaMarra

Tom LaMarra, a native of New Jersey and graduate of Rutgers University, has been news editor at The Blood-Horse since 1998. After graduation he worked at newspapers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania as an editor and reporter with a focus on municipal government and politics. He also worked at Daily Racing Form and Thoroughbred Times before joining The Blood-Horse. LaMarra, who has lived in Lexington since 1994, has won various writing awards and was recognized with the Old Hilltop Award for outstanding coverage of the horse racing industry. He likes to spend some of his spare time handicapping races.

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