Horse Died Nov. 6 and Gulfstream was under Quarantine
Gulfstream Park officials announced late Monday that the Florida Department of Agriculture has lifted the quarantine on Barn 5. On Nov. 8, a private veterinarian reported that a horse had exhibited neurologic signs at Gulfstream. The horse became neurologic on Nov. 6 and died of natural causes later that day, subsequently testing positive for a wild-type strain of EHV-1.
Florida animal health authorities placed horses at Gulfstream Park under quarantine on Nov. 9.
Equine herpesvirus (EHV) is highly contagious among horses and can cause a variety of ailments in equids, including rhinopneumonitis (a respiratory disease usually found in young horses), abortion in broodmares, and myeloencephalopathy (the neurologic form). In many horses, fever is the only sign of EHV-1 infection, which can go undetected.
Track officials said that blood tests taken Sunday on the approximately two dozen horses housed in the barn all returned negative for equine herpesvirus. The barn has been occupied by several trainers who’ve been stabled at the track since the end of the 2016 championship meet.
Horses from Barn 5 had been allowed to train from 10-11 a.m. daily – after regular training hours had ended – since the quarantine was imposed, but were able to train with the rest of the horses when the track opened on Tuesday.
None of the horses in Barn 5 has been allowed to race during the quarantine. They were eligible to be entered when Saturday and Sunday’s cards were drawn on Tuesday for the final two programs of the 2016 Gulfstream Park West meeting.
The 2016-17 Championship Meet begins Dec. 3 at Gulfstream with a record $12.5 million stakes schedule that includes 39 graded stakes plus the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational set for Jan. 28.