03/21/2010 11:00PM

Quarantined horse dies at Calder


MIAMI, Fla. - The as-yet unidentified horse who displayed symptoms of a neurological disorder Saturday at Calder died on Monday morning, according to track officials.

Michelle Blanco, the director of advertising and public relations at Calder, said she was informed by John Marshall, the track's vice president and general manager, at approximately 9:30 a.m. of the horse's death.

"According to John, who spoke with our track veterinarian, Patti Marquis, the horse has died and the body will be sent to the University of Florida, where a necropsy will be performed," Blanco said.

Blood samples from the stricken horse were previously drawn and sent to the University of Florida for testing on Saturday to determine whether or not the animal had suffered from a neurological disorder. In addition, the state ordered the Calder barn area quarantined as of late Saturday, meaning no horses were allowed to ship out, including those entered to race at Gulfstream Park on Sunday.

Results of those tests were expected back no earlier than 4 p.m. on Monday.