EHV-1 Scare, Shipping Bans Decimate Fields at Louisiana Racetracks

By Scott Jagow,

As Christmas Day approached, things were looking very positive at Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans. The track was showing significant increases year over year in handle and field sizes averaged around nine per race, up a horse per race from a year earlier. Then, the call came in that a horse in Barn 14 tested positive for the equine herpesvirus.