Vernon Downs to resume racing this weekend after horse herpes outbreak

Vernon Downs has announced that they will be resuming racing this weekend.

The track was given permission by the New York State Gaming Commission to re-open after races were halted for a horse herpes outbreak.

The deadly virus was found in five horses; one of them had to be euthanized. All the horses belonged to the same owner.

Racing will be restricted to the horses that are already stabled at Vernon Downs, excluding horses that are in a quarantined area.

All horses will have their temperature taken, and if it is above 101.5 degrees, the horse will not be allowed to race, and will be denied access to the paddock area.

Humans canâ??t catch horse herpes, or EHV-1. In horses, EVH-1 presents with symptoms similar to a cold, but with a much higher and loner-lasting fever.

"We are in complete compliance with all directives issued by the NYS Gaming Commission. We appreciate their attention to this serious equine health issue and permitting those horsemen confined to the backstretch to race their horses so they can generate some income," said Jason M. Settlemoir, Regional Vice President of Racing at Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs. "While we remain vigilant in our work to prevent any further spread of the EHV-1 outbreak, we are optimistic that things will return to normal in a few weeks here at Vernon."

Vernon Downs will have updates via their website.