Officials at the New York Racing Association and New York State Gaming Commission have received confirmation that one horse has tested positive for Equine Herpesvirus-1 in Barn 44 at Belmont Park, it was announced Wednesday. The horse, an unnamed, unraced 3-year-old male, was sent to the Cornell Ruffian Equine Hospital near Belmont Park after developing a fever and a mild respiratory issue. On Tuesday afternoon, he tested positive for EHV-1. The horse, trained by Linda Rice, has shown no neurological symptoms of the virus.
The colt remains at the Ruffian Center for observation and is scheduled to return to Belmont in the coming days, where he will be put into quarantine in an isolated barn as a precautionary measure. Plans call for the horse to be closely monitored and retested.
Additionally, in conjunction with the New York State Veterinarian and New York State Gaming Commission officials, NYRA will move all horse in Barn 44 to quarantine, where they will be monitored daily for fever and other signs of illness. All horses exposed to the affected horse are afebrile and asymptomatic, but the horses will not be permitted to run or enter races and will have isolated training hours.