The Maryland Department of Agriculture has extended the hold order on Barn 9 at Laurel Park after two of the 36 horses in the barn did not clear the testing process for equine herpes virus (EHV-1).
Neither of the horses is showing symptoms of the virus. The Department of Agriculture will re-test the entire barn Friday morning. A filly stabled in the barn was euthanized Jan. 26.
Meanwhile, four of the six horses in the detention barn at Pimlico Race Course tested negative for the virus in both blood samples and nasal swab tests and have been moved back to their original barns to resume normal activities. The two that did not clear are not showing symptoms of EHV-1 but are prohibited from mixing with the general horse population until they test negative.
Trainer Rodney Jenkins, who conditions all the horses stabled in Barn 9 at Laurel Park, has elected to relocate the two horses which did not clear the testing process to an isolated barn on the grandstand side of the Bowie Training Center, pending negative test results. The two will be re-tested at Laurel Park before being shipped to Bowie.
There have been no outbreaks at the Bowie Training Center where approximately 600 horses are stabled.
Last month, the Department of Agriculture lifted the hold orders on barns 5, 6 and A at Pimlico while the Maryland Jockey Club lifted its self-imposed quarantine, allowing horses from the legendary Baltimore track to compete at Laurel. Three horses from three different Pimlico barns were euthanized in January. The last clinical case of the virus at Pimlico happened Jan. 19.
Originally published March 2, 2006, 6:35 PM EST