Thursday, May 9, 2013

Racing Back At Vernon Downs Friday Night

Photo from the Vernon Downs website
Live racing will return to Vernon Downs Friday and Saturday, with racing beginning at 6:45 p.m. each night.
Racing had been canceled as of last weekend due to three horses testing positive for equine herpes. One horse was euthanized.
According to a news release on the Vernon Downs website, "racing will be restricted to those horses currently stabled in quarantine at Vernon Downs, excluding the horses in secured quarantine within the stable area. All horses racing will have their temperature taken prior to entering the paddock. Those horses with a temperature in excess of 101.5 will be denied entry to the paddock and excluded from competition."
The equine herpes virus is not transferable to people.
Friday and Saturday night will include a full card of 11 races. Racing will continue on each Friday and Saturday in May.
"We are in complete compliance with all directives issued by the NYS Gaming Commission," Jason M. Settlemoir, Regional Vice President of Racing at Vernon Downs and Tioga Downs, said in the news release. "We appreciate their attention to this serious equine health issue and permitting those horsemen confined to the backstretch to race their horses so they can generate some income. While we remain vigilant in our work to prevent any further spread of the EHV-1 outbreak, we are optimistic that things will return to normal in a few weeks here at Vernon."

The track is open for simulcasting on the regular schedule throughout the quarantine period. Visit the Vernon Downs website at for updates.

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