Delta Downs Announces Ban on Shippers from New Mexico, Arizona

The ban takes effect immediately.

Press release

Delta Downs Racetrack in Vinton, Louisiana, has banned shippers from New Mexico and Arizona.

Delta Downs Racetrack on Monday announced that it is banning horses from New Mexico and Arizona due to the recent outbreak of equine herpesvirus (EHV-1) in those states.

The ban takes effect immediately and will be in place until further notice in order to protect local horses and horsemen.

Equine herpesvirus is a contagious disease that has caused several horse deaths at Sunland Park in New Mexico as well as Turf Paradise in Arizona. Sunland Park suspended live racing for a minimum of 14 days beginning on January 23 and both racetracks, along with certain local training centers, have also been placed under quarantine.

“The main goal of this ban is to provide safety and protect the health of our horses and horsemen here at Delta Downs,” said Delta Downs director of racing Chris Warren. “We believe this ban is the proper action to take in order to prevent the spread of the EHV-1 virus.”

Delta Downs is in the midst of its 86-date Thoroughbred meet. The track’s 46-date Quarter Horse season starts April 22.

For more information about horse ban at Delta Downs contact racing secretary Matt Crawford at 1-800-589-7441, ext. 1200.

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