Hawthorne Backstretch Update, Wednesday, November 28 – Noon
Monday, November 26, it was reported to the state veterinarian that a horse
within Barn 1 at Hawthorne was down in its stall and it was deemed necessary
that the horse be euthanized by the practicing veterinarian overseeing that
the passing of the horse, the horse was removed from the stall and transported
to University of Illinois for necropsy to determine to full extent of the
horse’s passing. The stall was cleared
and disinfected. The horse was tested
for EHV-1 and did test positive for the virus.
The state and association veterinarians have spoken with the horsemen
within Barn 1 and no other horses have displayed any symptoms or fevers. As a precaution the horsemen within that barn
have been asked to train during the later training hours for a period of 7 days
while the barn can be monitored.
two more horses that were being monitored within K2-East were released back
into the general population, having tested negative for EHV-1. The remaining horses within K2-East and West
are all responding to treatment and recovering.
We expect that within the next week, upon receipt of temperature charts
for those in K2-West that some of those horses will be able to return to training.
always, we ask that proper care, hygiene and precautions are taking place in
regards to this virus. Good news is
cases have become very sporadic and more horses are returning to the general
population. Bad news is that sporadic
cases still exist and are treated on a case by case basis.
to thank the horsemen for their support during this meet as we have nearly
1,900 healthy horses that are able to race.
We understand the need for those healthy horses to train and race. Many people are employed by the racing
industry and many owners with healthy horses would like the ability to earn
if horsemen have any questions, we ask that they contact their practicing
veterinarian, our association veterinarian or the state veterinarian.
Jim Miller –
Assistant General Manager, Hawthorne