Sunland Quarantine Could Lift March 9

The state livestock board has set a tentative date for the lifting of a quarantine that has been in effect since January 21.

Press release

A quarantine on the barn area at Sunland Park Racetrack could be lifted on March 9.

The New Mexico Livestock Board has tentatively set March 9 as the date Sunland Park Racetrack will no longer be under quarantine for the presence of EHV-1.

If final approval is granted, Sunland Park will open its barn area to outside horses and allow horses currently stabled on site to leave the area. On January 21, the property underwent a full barn-area quarantine that affected nearly 1,600 horses.

"It's been a tough few weeks, and I want to thank everyone for their hard work and understanding," said Sunland Park general manager Rick Baugh. "This virus is very serious, and all of our focus and resources have been dedicated to reducing its impact."

As of March 3, five horses remained in the isolation barn for positive EHV-1 tests, and all are expected to be released in the next few days. In addition to the barn area at Sunland Park, three nearby training centers were also under quarantine. The last of those training centers, Frontera, was released from quarantine on March 1.

Racing resumed at Sunland Park on February 26.

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