Sunland Park Barn Area Under Lockdown

Track management will hold a update meeting on Friday at 8 a.m. in the jockeys' kitchen.

New Mexico Horse Breeders' Association

Sunland Park Racetrack's barn area is under lockdown.

Two possible equine herpes infections has forced Sunland Park Racetrack to shutdown its barn area.

“The (equine herpes) infections haven’t been confirmed, but we have chosen to be proactive and lock our barn area down,” said Sunland Park general manager Rick Baugh. “We don’t want this to spread.

“The majority of our horsemen understand our actions,” Baugh added. “We are waiting to hear back from the lab at Texas A&M and will keep everyone updated as we get more information.”

UPDATE FROM THE RACETRACK (posted January 21 at 8 p.m. MST): The stable area of Sunland Park Racetrack has undergone a thorough sanitation and is restricting shipping in and out of the property due to a single confirmed case of Equine Herpesvirus 4 (EHV-4). Horsemen are invited to attend a meeting with Sunland Park management in the jockeys' kitchen on Friday, January 22, starting at 8 a.m.

Sunland Park is in the midst of its 72-day meet, which runs through April 19. On Thursday, the New Mexico Racing Commission approved the track’s plans to add live racing for Wednesdays, April 6 and 13. The additional days are makeup days after inclement weather forced Sunland Park to cancel its December 27 program and its final eight races on December 29.

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