The New Mexico Racing Commission (NMRC), with the full support of the State Veterinarian of the New Mexico Livestock Board, ordered Zia Park and the Downs at Albuquerque to close their barn areas to horses originating from Remington Park in Oklahoma. A horse was stabled at Remington Park was confirmed positive for equine herpesvirus (EHV-1) last week and subsequently euthanized.
The commission's decision comes the week before one of New Mexico's biggest days of racing, the Land of Enchantment day at Zia Park in Hobbs, N.M., on Nov. 27.
“The sole reasoning behind the decision is to protect our New Mexico horse population and horsemen from suffering the way they did during the EHV-1 outbreak of 2016,” said NMRC executive director Ismael “Izzy” Trejo. “Despite the decision to ban Remington Park based horses, Zia Park still has some solid horses shipping in for the Land of Enchantment card from other jurisdictions.”
The ban on Remington Park horses will remain in place until further notice.
In addition, Delta Downs has issued a temporary ban on horses stabled at Remington from entering its stable area. This action is being taken to ensure the health and safety of Delta Downs horse population and will serve the best interest of local horsemen. The ban will be in effect until further notice.
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