12/19/2012 5:20PM

Gulfstream Park: Barn restricted after a horse dies

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A barn at Gulfstream Park was placed under restriction on Wednesday following the death of an unidentified horse from the barn that morning.

“We got a report that a horse had died with neurological symptoms,” said Tim Ritvo, Gulfstream Park’s president and general manager. “The case was reported to the state, and we are taking precautionary measures by placing restrictions on the barn until the test results come back on the deceased horse.

“From the symptoms the horse was displaying, our veterinarian believes it might have had a case of EPM.”

EPM, or equine protozoal myeloencephalitis, can result from a horse ingesting feed or water contaminated by a parasite. 

Ritvo said one horse from the restricted barn scheduled to run on Wednesday’s card and another entered for Thursday, have been scratched as part of the restrictive measures.