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Racing resumes at Vernon Downs in New York

Location of Vernon Downs, in Oneida County, New York.

Location of Vernon Downs, in Oneida County, New York.

Harness racing has resumed at Vernon Downs Raceway in upstate New York following an outbreak of equine herpes virus-1.

Vernon Downs got approval from the New York State Gaming Commission for a full card of 11 races on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Track officials said racing would continue with this schedule until further notice. There will be no Thursday racing during May.

Racing is restricted to the 400 horses currently confined to stables at the track, excluding those under secured quarantine within the stable area, understood to number 25.

Three animals tested positive for the virus.

The regional vice-president of racing at Vernon Downs and Tioga Downs, Jason Settlemoir, said the course was fully compliant with all directives issued by the gaming commission.

“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.”

 

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