For Immediate Release
Friday, March 25, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY – After careful consideration, and consultation with veterinary officials, regarding the course of the Equine Herpesvirus (EHV-1) outbreak and the subsequent lifting of the quarantine at Sunland Park and adjacent facilities in New Mexico, Remington Park will begin permitting horses from those areas that were NOT diagnosed or treated for EHV-1 during or after the quarantine. The first date that those horses will be allowed at Remington Park will be Wednesday, March 30.

Any horses coming to Remington Park that were stabled at those facilities during the quarantine and meet the aforementioned criteria must have proof of a negative EHV-1 Real Time PCR Nasal Swab Test within 10 days of the time of entry to the stable area. ALL horses coming into the Remington Park stable area must have a current health certificate issued within five (5) days prior to arrival at the track which shows they’ve been vaccinated with an FDA approved modified live or killed virus vaccine for EHV-1, not less than 14 days, and not more than 90 days, prior to the date of entry.

The veterinarian for the arriving horses must provide the date of the vaccination, brand, serial number and expiration date of vaccine. The health certificate must also contain a statement by the issuing veterinarian that they have physically examined each horse within five (5) days of issuing the health certificate, and:
•         The horse does not exhibit any clinical signs of the virus
•         The temperature of the horse was normal at the time of the examination
•         The veterinarian has verified with the owner/trainer that the horse has not been exposed to a suspected EHV-1 positive horse

“Due to continued diligence and communication within the industry and cooperation from horsemen, we feel these measures are warranted at this time,” said Matt Vance, Remington Park vice president of operations. “Again, NO horses that tested positive for EHV-1 in the affected areas near Sunland Park, will be permitted on the premises of Remington Park.”

Remington Park first implemented preventive guidelines for all horses entering the stable area in early February, prior to the property opening to accept any horses expected to compete in the ongoing American Quarter Horse Season. The season will continue through Saturday, June 4.