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New Strangles Exposure At CDP

Published: February 24, 2021 10:48 am ET

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The Atlantic Provinces Harness Racing Commission has learned that additional horses stabled at at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park have been exposed to strangles bacteria, as confirmed by enhanced testing.

At a meeting on Tuesday (Feb. 23) that included the Atlantic Veterinary College, Charlottetown Veterinary Clinic, Prince Edward Island Harness Racing Industry Association, Atlantic Provinces Harness Racing Commission and Red Shores, it was agreed that immediate and strict protocol will be implemented on the grounds of the Red Shores Charlottetown property.

Effective 12:01 a.m. Thursday (Feb. 25), The Red Shores Charlottetown property, including all barns and the ship-in area, will implement a track-wide lockdown with no horses being allowed to ship on to the grounds until further notice. Horses may only leave the premises if they have a clearance letter from their veterinarian of a negative test taken within seven days prior to their departure.

No horses will be allowed to ship in for training until further notice.

Each trainer on site will be contacted to identify essential workers for their barn; only these people will be allowed on site.

There must be strict limitation of any movement between barns, and mandatory bio-security protocol is being enforced. Under this protocol, foot baths, brushes and disinfectant have been supplied to each barn.

These strict measures have been introduced for the best interests of the entire racing community. With proper biosecurity measures being strictly followed, the hope is to return to normal practices sooner than later.

As always, horsepeople are reminded to monitor their horses' health daily by taking temperatures twice a day and logging the results. Horsepeople should consult their veterinarians if any concerns arise.


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