Prairie Meadows Sets Equine Health Policies for 2016 Season

The track's Thoroughbred meet runs April 28-August 13, followed by a Quarter Horse meet starting August 20.

Press release

Prairie Meadows has set equine health policies for its 2016 racing season, which begins with a Thoroughbred meet starting April 28.

Prairie Meadows Racetrack has adopted a policy for Equine Herpesvirus (EHV-1) that will be in effect for its 2016 racing season.

The EHV-1 policy applies to all horses shipping into Prairie Meadows, which opens its barn area on April 1. The track's Thoroughbred meet opens April 28.

“It is of paramount importance that we do everything possible to protect the equine population in Iowa, and especially at Prairie Meadows,” said Dr. John Sweeney, state veterinarian for the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission. “We have consulted with the Iowa Department of Agriculture State Veterinarian, Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine staff, Iowa HBPA, and Prairie Meadows management to implement this plan to prevent the spread of the Equine Herpesvirus (EHV-1) in light of the outbreaks occurring across the United States. We must all work together to be successful in this endeavor.”

Thoroughbreds that remain stabled on the grounds or ship in or out for workouts during the Quarter Horse meet, which begins August 20, must continue to follow the EHv-1 policy. The complete EHV-1 policy has details on shipping, documentation, and vaccination requirements.

Under the conditions of the Piroplasmosis testing requirements, all Quarter Horses and Quarter Horse Meet ponies, regardless of breed, must have proof of a negative test for Theileria Equi within the last 365 days.

Quarter Horses shipping in/out for workouts during the Thoroughbred meet, which runs from April 28-August 13, will be required to provide proof of a current negative Piroplasmosis test and follow the EHV-1 policy.

Both the EHV-1 policy that will be in effect for the Thoroughbred season and the Piroplasmosis requirement can be found on the Prairie Meadows website under Racing/Horsemen’s Information or by clicking on this link: http://www.prairiemeadows.com/racing/#horsemans-info.

The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission, the State Veterinarian, and Prairie Meadows will monitor the EHV-1 situation before finalizing a policy for EHV-1 for the Quarter Horse season, which runs from August 20-October 15.

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