Both horses showed signs of respiratory illness, fever and nasal discharge, when evaluated by a local veterinarian. Live racing at the Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino in Sunland Park was suspended Friday after some horses were found to have the equine herpesvirus, or EHV-1, reported the El Paso Times. Held in March, the Sunland Derby currently offers a purse of $800,000. EVH-1 is contagious and spread through contact, either directly from horse to horse, or indirectly via human handlers, feed and water buckets, grooming gear, riding tack and trailers, according to the American Association of Equine Practitioners. An additional five horses at the nearby Frontera Training Center also tested positive. Trainers from coast-to-coast have voiced their support of the newly created races and are expected to nominate horses in the coming days. 26, the track’s first day of racing in more than a month.
She was claimed for $5,000 on Jan. 26 under certain conditions it believes will limit the spread of the disease and at the same time permit horsemen to resume their livelihoods. “It’s mandatory that, twice a day, the temperature of every horse on the grounds is taken, logged, and reported to both Sunland Park and to the Racing Commission,” said Dan Fick, acting director of the New Mexico Racing Commission. One of the horses shipped to Turf Paradise was euthanized after testing positive. Samples are being taken from horses suspected of having the virus. Those samples are being submitted for testing at New Mexico Department of Agriculture’s (NMDA) Veterinary Diagnostic Services laboratory in Albuquerque.