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Monticello Takes Strangles Precautions

Published: March 26, 2012 2:24 pm ET

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Monticello Raceway has announced that it is taking precautions to limit its exposure to an occurrence of streptococcus equi, commonly known as strangles, at Saratoga Harness Raceway.

Strangles is a non-lethal, acute bacterial respiratory infection characterized by fever, lethargy, nasal discharge and swollen lymph nodes in horses.

Monticello Raceway management has prohibited horses that have raced or were stabled at Saratoga Harness Raceway access to the barn or track at Monticello Raceway.

Additionally, no horses will be allowed to ship-in, nor will any horse trailers be allowed to enter the Monticello grounds until further notice. Although horses can leave the grounds, they will not be allowed to return until such time that Monticello Raceway deems precautionary measures are not necessary.

These preventative measures may result in smaller race fields over the next eight to 10 racing days at Monticello. Management will continue to monitor the situation in coordination with the New York State Racing and Wagering Board.


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