01/17/2014 6:08PM

Santa Anita: Two horses test positive for mild form of herpes equinevirus


ARCADIA, Calif. - Two horses based at Santa Anita with trainer Tim Yakteen have tested positive for equine herpesvirus, the California Horse Racing Board and the trainer confirmed on Friday.

Yakteen identified the horses as Santa Fe Belle and Easy Ten. They have not raced.

The health of the horses is not considered to be in danger, according to Yakteen.

Santa Fe Belle was diagnosed with equine herpesvirus, commonly known as EHV-1, on Jan. 10. The case was confirmed by an equine clinic in San Diego County. Easy Ten was diagnosed on Friday and is under isolation in a stall at the end of Yakteen’s shed row, away from other horses in the barn.

In a brief statement, the racing board said the horses identified have the “non-neuropathogenic strain of the virus, which is generally considered less virulent. Biosecurity measures recommended by the CHRB are being taken to ensure a safe environment.”

Yakteen said that Santa Fe Belle has “shown improvement” in recent days. “She’s moving in the right direction,” he said.

Yakteen said the stable has taken steps to ensure the virus does not spread to other horses in the barn.

“It’s pretty standard for what you do for a horse when a horse is ill,” he said. “You do your due diligence.”

Yakteen said he has volunteered not to run horses through Monday. His horses will be allowed to train in the mornings. If accompanied to the track by ponies, the ponies must be from Yakteen’s stable and not ones that have interacted with other horses in the general horse population. The Yakteen horses cannot be schooled in the paddock or at the starting gate this weekend.

The positives for equine herpesvirus are the first in California since an unraced 3-year-old filly was euthanized last March from the effects of the disease.

The virus has occurred at other racetracks in the last two years. The barn area at Hawthorne Racecourse, near Chicago, was hit with a severe case of equine herpesvirus in the fall of 2012, resulting in the deaths of seven horses and a quarantine being placed on the stables.

There was a two-month quarantine in effect on the stable area at Parx Racing in suburban Philadelphia  until last week after a horse there tested positive for equine herpesvirus.



rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Just blame it on Baffert like at least 60% of the posters do. Maybe now I can break the record for most thumbs down.LOL
Mike More than 1 year ago
Had the same thoughts... Baffert gets blamed for everything
Hail No More than 1 year ago
I do not understand how this can be a threat from coast to coast, Is this disease transmitted via airborne? Best of health and luck to all, hoping the vets can stamp this out ASAP
Darlene Sanner More than 1 year ago
vaccines up to date should be required for every equine on every track grounds from mascot donks to lead ponies to racers
Lutz Harfst More than 1 year ago
Could not agree more! Vaccine protocols should be mandatory! Each horse should have a vaccination passport and the vaccines need to be certified by a licensed veterinarian with USDA certification.Horses that do not have proof of correct vaccinations should not be allowed on the grounds! They endanger the health of the other horses!
Dorothy Freburger More than 1 year ago
I'm assuming neither were vaccinated against it? I never understand why horse owners don't get the proper vaccines for their animals.
Christopher Clark More than 1 year ago
it's a money game. and most really don't nor do they know
radnor87 More than 1 year ago
Vaccines for equine herpes virus are similar to human vaccines for flu, there are so many strains and they are not effective against all of them . Also vaccines may lessen the effects of illness but not prevent it completely.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please just shut up! You constant whiners that want to blame someone for everything bad that happens are just nauseating already. Not every illness, injury or accident is preventable. Things WILL happen.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Hawthorne,Gulfstream, Parx, Fair Hill, Penn National and now 'Nita. There's no way to minimize the threat with this... Best to all concerned.