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Racing Continues at Turf Paradise

January 28, the Department of Agriculture quarantined horses at Turf Paradise after an incident concerning a very contagious virus. The quarantine requires all horses at the track to stay and for no horses to come onto the property for 21 days.

The quarantine follows three horses coming into the state from Dona Ana County, New Mexico where five horses were diagnosed with Equine Herpes Virus last week. The New Mexico Livestock Board issued a quarantine for several locations, but the horses at Turf Paradise left before the restrictions were in place.

Turf Paradise immediately isolated the three horses following that disease report and monitored for clinical signs. The track is also requiring strict biosecurity measures for all horse owners and personnel at the track.

“This virus type can cause severe neurological symptoms, which one of the horses that came from New Mexico developed,” said Acting State Veterinarian Sue Gale, DVM. “The case is not confirmed by testing yet, but is considered to be probable case of the virus.”

Equine Herpes Virus is highly contagious among horses but poses no threat to humans. The symptoms in horses may include a fever, nasal discharge, wobbly gait, hind-end weakness, dribbling of urine and diminished tail tone.

The virus is easily spread by airborne transmission, horse-to-horse contact and by contact with nasal secretions on equipment, tack, feed and other surfaces. Caretakers can spread the virus to horses if their hands, clothing, shoes or vehicles are contaminated.

“If horse owners notice these symptoms, they should contact their personal vet,” said Dr. Gale. “If veterinarians see a horse with these symptoms, they need to report the case to the state veterinarian.

Officials at Turf Paradise say the track will remain open and that there is no concern for people who attend the races. Officials with the Department of Agriculture, Racing Commission, and Turf Paradise will continue to work together to resolve the issue.


Arizona Department of Agriculture


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Certifying your racing bred horses that are born in Arizona is easy. As soon as your receive your foal registrations...download the form and send it in to get the best deal. Its only $50.00 up to September 30th of the foal's yearling year. This is the only way to get breeders awards from the state and from the commercial tracks in Arizona. You are missing out on lots of $$$$$ so when you get you papers back this year...make that your first priority.... you can always call the office for help... 602-625-0468. Turf Paradise is paying 10% to the first, second and third places finishers that are Az Certified, for the first time this year. Please, if your racing an Arizona Bred…please get it certified

Below are the current slate of AQRA board members. New to the board are: MARTIN BOURDIEU, jockey...KAY CHAISSEN, photographer...JAMES KELLY, owner, breeder....HECTOR PINEDO, owner, breeder...John Shumaker, Chaplain......Returning board members are: TOM BARTOL, owner, trainer, breeder....CARRIE FALES, owner, breeder...RALPH FALES, owner, trainer, breeder...PAT KREIG, owner....SCOTT MCDANIEL, owner, breeder...J, LLOYD YOTHER, owner, breeder..... Welcome and thanks to all who have stepped up to contribute your time and energy to governing this organization... For contact information on any of the above board members...please email the office for a roster....

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Arizona Quarter Racing Association
P.O. Box 1316 Thatcher, AZ 85552
Office Phone- 602-625-0468
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