05/31/2005 11:00PM

Belmont strangles tests negative


All of the horses stabled in Barn 60 at Belmont Park - where the filly Lady Libby last Friday showed symptoms of strangles - have tested negative for that contagious respiratory disease, according to New York Racing Association officials.

Lady Libby was isolated and then sent to the equine hospital at Cornell University. She, too, has tested negative for strangles, though NYRA officials believe further testing should be done on her.

"The problem with her was that she was treated with antibiotics," said Mike Lakow, NYRA's racing secretary. "Her medication may have affected the tests' results."

It was unclear when the horses stabled in Barn 60 could resume their normal training routine or when they would be allowed to race again.