09/06/2008 12:00AM

Belmont barn in quarantine


Barn 38 at Belmont Park was placed under a precautionary quarantine Saturday after a horse stabled in that barn was euthanized due to a fever that could be associated with equine herpes.

The quarantine will remain in place until the results of blood tests taken on the horse to determine the cause of death come back from a laboratory in Kentucky, most likely on Tuesday.

Smell My Carrots, a 3-year-old New York-bred maiden who was scratched out of a race here on Friday, was the horse who died. He is trained by John Candlin, who shares barn 38 with fellow trainers Mitch Friedman, David Henriques, Mike Miceli, Assaf Ronan, Michael Vaccaro, and Robert Young.

The horses stabled in barn 38, which has 48 stalls, will be prohibited from racing or shipping off the grounds for the time being. They will be allowed to train separately from the rest of the horse population on the training track, after normal training hours end at 10:30 a.m.