Kentucky EHV: Keeneland, Turfway Released From Quarantine

These quarantine releases mean there are no racing or training facilities in Kentucky under quarantine for EHV-1.
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Editor’s Note: This article was updated to include the quarantine release at Turfway Park.

The Kentucky State Veterinarian’s Office has released all barns at Keeneland Race Course and its Rice Road Training Center, in Lexington, from quarantine put in place after horses there tested positive for equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1).  

One of two barns quarantined at the Rice Road Training Center was released on Feb. 8, and negative test results resulted in the release of the remaining barn on Feb. 10, E.S. “Rusty” Ford said in a statement.

“Testing of this barn’s population of horses that had been exposed to EHV-1 was completed today with each horse testing negative on both nasal swabs and whole blood,” said Ford, equine programs manager for the Kentucky State Veterinarian’s Office. “Having been greater than 14 days post exposure and each horse now having two negative sets of results, the Kentucky Office of the State Veterinarian has released the quarantine imposed on Jan, 22 and horses from this barn are under no further restrictions

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Erica Larson, former news editor for The Horse, holds a degree in journalism with an external specialty in equine science from Michigan State University in East Lansing. A Massachusetts native, she grew up in the saddle and has dabbled in a variety of disciplines including foxhunting, saddle seat, and mounted games. Currently, Erica competes in eventing with her OTTB, Dorado.

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