04/26/2016 12:11PM

Seventh horse tests positive for herpes at Parx


A seventh horse at Parx Racing tested positive for the equine herpesvirus on Monday and was scheduled to be moved to the track's isolation area Tuesday morning.

There are currently two horses on the stable grounds who have tested positive for the herpesrvirus. Both are trained by Ron Dandy, who is stabled in Barn 30 along with trainer Michael Aro. The sixth horse, who tested positive last Thursday, is still at the track and also will be sent to the isolation area.

The isolation area was constructed at Parx over the weekend. It is a large tent that houses temporary stalls.

All seven horses to test positive for the virus have been based with Dandy or Aro. One of the horses was claimed by trainer Butch Reid, who is stabled in Barn 4 along with Keith Nations, just prior to the first horse becoming ill with the virus.

Barn 30 and Barn 4 are both under a quarantine. The horses housed in those barns have not been allowed to train or race since April 1.

All of the horses in the quarantined barns are scheduled to be tested for the virus in the near future.

During the quarantine, horses stabled at Parx are not allowed to leave track property.

Horses have not been allowed to ship in, either, because of a limited amount of available stall space. That rule might be relaxed to allow horses  to ship in for the three $100,000 stakes planned for May 7 - the Parx Derby, Parx Oaks, and My Juliet - but those horses will then have to stay at Parx until the quarantine is over, according to Sam Elliott, the track's director of racing.


Katrina Sheldon More than 1 year ago
Yes horses have shipped in,  but they are stuck once they are on the grounds. Its a risk the owners are taking, but seems to be concentrated in that one barn...
Jennie Wilhelm More than 1 year ago
Very sad situation  those barns are in.. I feel for the horses trainers and even the owners. Absolutely sad!
Jennie Wilhelm More than 1 year ago
And a small selected amount of trainers are allowed to claim horses. 
Lisa Allen More than 1 year ago

you have claimed horses too

Jennie Wilhelm More than 1 year ago
They said I'm not allowed to claim anymore. No one is allowed to claim any more horses. But I see them being claimed daily... the last horse I claimed has caused me to be alloted 0 stalls. I was informed at the barn in person by 2 officials..  my horse was claimed from me on Sunday and I can't replace her with another claim. Why do we save so many empty stalls? Maybe that's why there is a shortage of entries.
Jennie Wilhelm More than 1 year ago
Horses have definitely shipped in.
Mary Anne Palmieri More than 1 year ago
taking my account claiming horses at monmouth