Parx Racing EHV-1 Quarantine Lifted

The quarantine of two barns began in early November 2013 when a horse tested positive for EHV-1.

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An almost two-month quarantine tied to an equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) outbreak at Parx Racing in Bensalem, Pa., has been officially lifted, a track official said Jan. 13.

"We are all clear," director of racing Sal Sinatra said.

The quarantine began in November 2013 when a horse tested positive for EHV-1. Officials released two barns from quarantine in December 2013. The situation kept horses from entering or leaving the grounds, which led to the cancellation of several stakes races.

During the quarantine Parx was able to fill eight races a day. Numerous cancellations in December were related to track and weather conditions, not the quarantine

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Tom LaMarra, a native of New Jersey and graduate of Rutgers University, has been news editor at The Blood-Horse since 1998. After graduation he worked at newspapers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania as an editor and reporter with a focus on municipal government and politics. He also worked at Daily Racing Form and Thoroughbred Times before joining The Blood-Horse. LaMarra, who has lived in Lexington since 1994, has won various writing awards and was recognized with the Old Hilltop Award for outstanding coverage of the horse racing industry. He likes to spend some of his spare time handicapping races.

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