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May 16, 2013

Herpes virus brings harness racing to a halt


My father has also informed me that Saratoga Harness track has since been taking entries for those horses that were racing at Vernon. Monticello Raceway, another track we enter horses at, has yet to allow this. I am not really sure why some tracks are allowing these horses to race, and not others. 

Those who have raced at Vernon Downs from April 19 through May 3 are being asked to take the temperature twice a day of the horses raced and if the temperature is higher than 101.5 a veterinarian should be notified immediately. 

For all the betters out there, the track is open for simulcasting on the regular schedule throughout the quarantine period.

According to a news release from the track, “The quarantine procedures are subject to change as both the Department of Agriculture and Markets and the New York State Gaming Commission continue to monitor the situation at Vernon Downs closely and may modify restrictions based on conditions on-site and/or new information.”

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