Limited racing to begin at Vernon Downs amid horse herpes outbreak

A central New York racetrack is set to resume limited racing after being put under quarantine because of horses found to be infected with what can be a deadly virus.

Agriculture and gambling regulators say equine herpesvirus sickened several horses at Vernon Downs. One was put down because of its condition.

The airborne virus can cause respiratory problems and abortion and can kill foals. It doesn't infect humans.

Live racing was cancelled on Saturday, but will resume Friday with horses already at the track that aren't in two barns under strict quarantine. Shipping horses to or from the track remains suspended.

No other infections were reported in the state as of Wednesday. Vernon Downs is in Vernon, 30 miles east of Syracuse.