Hawthorne Backstretch Update – Barn A, 8, K2 Protocol - 11/7/2012
This morning we were able to receive updated tests results in regards to
the remaining ponies and some of the recently tested horses within Barn A.
First, we have the full results of 85 ponies, which have been tested, all 85 ponies
Today marks three weeks since the confirmed neurologic cases within Barn A.
Since that time, we have been able to move 40 horses, which have tested negative from
Barn A into Barn 8 at Hawthorne. Under the directive of the Illinois Department of
Agriculture, those horses are now 8 days into their 21-day period before they will be
tested again to be reintroduced into the horse population. Because of the State
regulations, no new horses can be added to the group within Barn 8 as their reintroduction
period has already begun.
While we understand there are logistic problems in locating/relocating horses
during this timeframe, we have been able to limit the areas to Barns A, 8, and K2.
As more horses are being tested and coming up negative, we are able to create
another area for negative horses so they may begin their reintroduction to the horse
population. Those horses which have still tested positive will be moved to Barn K2
as all will be put onto the same timeline for testing/reintroduction.
The new negative horses will be allowed to begin training out of Barn A as they
begin their 21-day reintroduction process. Additionally, those horses within barn K2,
which are asymptomatic and have had no fever within the last week will also be able
to return to the track to train. Their 21-day reintroduction period will begin when the horses
within Barn K2 test negative.
We understand this is a logistical nightmare for many and we thank everyone
for their cooperation through this process. There are many owners, trainers, veterinarians,
and employees that have been displaced through this process. This is time consuming,
but we are working to get as many healthy horses back to the track as quickly as possible
under the guidelines presented to us by the Department of Agriculture for the State of Illinois.
Based on the amount of horses that will be returning to training, training hours will
be adjusted beginning Saturday, November 10. Starting Saturday morning, regular
traininghours will be from 6:00 – 10:00 AM with one break at 8:00 AM. The starting gate
will be available from 7:30 – 9:30 AM. Training for horses from Barns A, 8 and K2 will be
10:00 – Noon.
Jim Miller, Assistant General Manager, Hawthorne Race Course