Thursday, May 9, 2013

Racing Will Resume at Vernon Downs during EHV-1 Quarantine

There will be live racing at Vernon Downs this weekend by permission of the New York State Gaming Commission. Vernon will race a full card of 11 races on Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11 at 6:45pm each evening.

Vernon live racing will continue with this schedule until further notice. Thursday, May 9 racing has been canceled and there will be no racing on Thursday during the month of May. 

Racing will be restricted to those horses currently stabled in quarantine at Vernon Downs, excluding the horses in secured quarantine within the stable area.

All horses racing will have their temperature taken prior to entering the paddock. Those horses with a temperature in excess of 101.5 will be denied entry to the paddock and excluded from competition.

EHV-1 is not transferable to humans.

"We are in complete compliance with all directives issued by the NYS Gaming Commission," said Jason M. Settlemoir, Regional Vice President of Racing at Vernon Downs and Tioga Downs. "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."

The track is open for simulcasting on the regular schedule throughout the quarantine period. Visit the Vernon Downs website for updates.