Sunland Park Issues Update on EHV-1 Situation

The track's barn area remained restricted as of Monday night.

Edited press release

Access to the barn area at Sunland Park Racetrack remains restricted as of Monday night.

The Sunland Park Racetrack barn area remained restricted Monday night, as several more horses have tested positive for Equine Herpes Virus-1.

The track’s simulcast wagering facilities and casino remain open on their normal schedule.

In a press release distributed by Sunland Park on Monday, track officials reported that the barn of trainer Fred Danley, which had been under quarantine for two days, has been released. Samples from suspected infected horses came back negative.

Also, effective January 26, training hours will be adjusted as follows:

6-10 a.m. -- non-quarantined barns with no renovation break

10-10:30 a.m. -- renovation break

10:30-11:30 a.m. -- F4 (Karl Broberg, Mike Barber)

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. -- F3 K-L (Henry Dominguez, Ken Grisham, Jose A. Gonzalez, Carlos Alvidrez, Allen Middleton, Harvey Baeza)

12:30-1:30 p.m. -- A7, B4, B9, C5 (Kathie Jermain, Jimmy Collier, Luis Galvan, Albert Moehlig, Ruben Payan, Bart Hone, Ray Ashford Jr., O.D. Jamison, Kenneth Chadborn, Mario Sanchez)

1:30-2:30 p.m. -- O, P, J1 (Brent Swopes, Don Young, Poppy Aldavaz, Arturo Chavez, Cody Reynolds, Roy Marcom, Johnathan Lemons)

The barns have been scheduled for training in order of how the quarantines should lift. For example, Broberg and Barber are expected to be released sooner than Swopes, Marcom, and Lemons.

Daily meetings are scheduled for 3:30 p.m. for horsemen to be updated on protocols and share information with the state Livestock Board, Department of Agriculture, and track management.

To date, Sunland Park has lost 18 races, or two race days (January 23-24). The earliest the track will be resuming live racing is February 9.

“When we are able to resume racing, we intend to run nine races per day, though the horsemen’s council and track management are going over proposals that would accommodate some of the lost days,” the track’s press release stated. “Horsemen with ideas or suggestions are urged to speak with their representatives, and we continue to stress that owners and trainers with questions should speak to their veterinarians. Please do not rely on the notoriously wrong backstretch rumor mill.”

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