Turfway Park general manager Daniel “Chip” Bach issued a statement Friday announcing that the Florence-based track would not allow horses based at Hawthorne Race Course in Illinois due to concerns over the equine herpesvirus outbreak that began in October.
Below is the entire statement from Bach.
“Published reports provide evidence that the Equine Herpes outbreak affecting horses at Hawthorne Race Course continues to pose a risk of disease introduction. With this identified risk, and in consultation with state animal health officials, Turfway Park will disallow entry of horses currently stabled at Hawthorne as well as any horse that had been on the Hawthorne grounds during their fall race meet. These restrictions will remain in place until further notice.
“We have appreciated the support of Hawthorne horsemen for Turfway Park racing in the past and regret we are unable to offer them a place to run at this time, but the safety of horses stabled at Turfway must take precedence.
“We deeply appreciate the continued diligence of Robert Stout, DVM, Kentucky’s state veterinarian, and E. S. ‘Rusty’ Ford, Kentucky’s equine programs manager, in monitoring and advising us on the progression of this outbreak and we will continue to look to their office for further guidance.”
Daniel “Chip” Bach