06/21/2014 6:32PM

Precautionary quarantine lifted at Belmont Park


ELMONT, N.Y. – A precautionary quarantine placed on Barn 22 at Belmont Park on Friday morning was lifted Saturday afternoon after test results on a horse in that barn were negative for EHV-1, equineherpes virus, according to the chief examining veterinarian for the New York Racing Association.

Horses residing in that barn were permitted to train with the general population as well as race beginning Sunday. Trainers with horses in that barn include Pat Kelly, George Weaver, Tom Albertrani, and Christophe Clement.

On Friday, Dr. Anthony Verderosa, NYRA’s chief examining veterinarian, placed a precautionary quarantine on Barn 22 after an unraced 2-year-old trained by Kelly “experienced neurological symptoms” associated with EHV-1, which is contagious. Instead, the horse is being treated for equine protozoal myeloencephalitis, which is not contagious.

Verderosa said Saturday afternoon that test results from the state laboratory at Cornell University on the unraced 2-year-old “were negative for EHV-1, and the horse has improved dramatically today. The private vet has been treating the horse for EPM, and the horse has dramatically improved. It’s not herpes, so that was the only reason to put the precautionary quarantine in place because the other neurologic problems aren’t contagious.”

For two mornings, horses in Barn 22 only were permitted to train on the Belmont training track for a one-hour window, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. That restriction was to be lifted for Sunday morning training.

Also, trainer George Weaver will be permitted to run his entry of Soul House and Saltine Warrior in Belmont’s ninth race.

Walter More than 1 year ago
What about the price increases over the past year for the print edition of DRF? That is pretty disappointing also
r More than 1 year ago
DRF is a perfect example of how poorly racing treats their fan base. Instead of encouraging them to read/learn/encourage fans of their sport by offering them the tools and latest news/updates, they repeatedly take the side of corporate greed. Last year they reduced the size of the DRF to a laughable rag that resembles a free used car flyer, continue to raise prices, and continue to ploy this DRF Plus on it's readers. I would like to see one of the casinos in Vegas continue to bagger its clients by charging more for rooms, increasing food prices, and raising their fees at their tables. My other point is the race tracks who charge for parking and admission. The CA race tracks are the biggest offenders...and they wonder why the grandstands are a ghost town. DRF...please raise your price to 10 bucks and get it over with. We all know you're going there.
Philip Conforti More than 1 year ago
for years the Chicago blackhawks wouldn't allow tv on home games to protect the season ticket holders , as soon as old man wirtz died his son put the hawks on free tv wonder of wonders the team is flourishing . Drf doing the same thing exclude your fan base for a few greedy dollars . its short sighted and just plain dumb. Race tracks cry the casinos are killing them , its because they give their customrs respect and look long term , not $8 to get into Arlington Park $4 for a coke $4 for a hot dog come on! The racing industry as a whole has treated horseplayers like dogs for ever, their their own worst enemies. GREAT COMMENT R!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its interesting that drf just puts boring stories on their free site.
Cover2 More than 1 year ago
exactly, why wasn't it on DRF + ?
Cover2 More than 1 year ago
Now, put all of Baffert's charges in there !
John More than 1 year ago
I bet the advertisers on DRF are loving that no one can read the storys on DRF.com, so the readership has plumented to virtually nill ! Id like to find out, who the "mental giant " was that thought enough people would pay to read, when the same storys , some much better are at equbase and other racing sites. They have officially joined the club of "mental midgets of advertising "
Alden Lewis More than 1 year ago
they are like churchill downs ..they don't care about the horseplayer
r More than 1 year ago
DRF along with Twin Spires are the biggest greed mongers in racing. I personally have black balled myself from betting on any Twin Spries product once they increase the take out just prior to the Derby. As far as DRF, they actually attempt to charge their readers to browse their webiste and block them from reading their own articles. Seriously, who in their right mind makes these decisions? How do they expect their fan base to grow, when you can go to other sites and enjoy the same material for free. And as far as their DRF, I would love to hear the reason behind this new rag they call a newspaper that resembles a used car flyer that you can pick up in a local diner free stand along with smut and real estate. DRF---please raise your price to 10 bucks. We all know you're going there instead of nickel and diming your fan base.