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Entry Policy Regarding EHV-1

Effective January 23, 2017 and until further notice, Sam Houston Race Park will implement the following policy, which supersedes any previous policies regarding EHV-1:

Horses NOT from Louisiana

Horses not from Louisiana seeking admission to Sam Houston Race Park must have a current health certificate issued within 72 hours prior to arrival.

Louisiana horses NOT from the Fair Grounds

SHRP will allow horses from Louisiana (other than Fair Grounds horses) admission onto SHRP property effective Monday 1/23/17 at 12:01am.  These horses are eligible to enter into our racing card for Friday 1/27/17, (which is carded on Friday 1/20/17).
SHRP will require a health certificate issued within the past 24 hours for any Louisiana horses to enter SHRP property until further notice.

Horses from the Fair Grounds

Fair Grounds has announced that horses in unaffected barns will be allowed to leave their property beginning Saturday, 1/21/17.
Therefore, SHRP will allow Fair Grounds horses to enter into our races starting on Saturday 1/28/17, (which is carded on Saturday 1/21/17).  Fair Grounds horses from these unaffected barns will be allowed admission onto SHRP property starting Wednesday 1/25/17 at 12:01am
SHRP will require a health certificate issued within the past 24 hours for any Louisiana horses to enter SHRP property until further notice.

Health Certificates

The health certificate must include evidence of vaccination with a USDA approved modified live or killed virus vaccine for EHV-1, administered not less than 14 days and not more than 90 days prior to the date of entry.  The certificate must include the date of vaccination, brand, serial number and expiration date for the vaccine.

The health certificate must also contain a statement by the issuing veterinarian that:

  • the veterinarian has physically examined each horse within 72 hours (or within 24 hours for Louisiana horses) of issuing the health certificate, and the horse does not exhibit any clinical signs of the virus
  • the temperature of the horse was normal at the time of the examination
  • the veterinarian verified with the owner or trainer that the horse has not been exposed to a suspected EHV-1 positive horse.

If the driver is unable to provide health certificates that include all of the requirements listed above for every horse in the driver’s trailer, van or transport vehicle, then none of those horses shall be permitted entrance to Sam Houston Race Park.

All trainers and horse haulers are urged to take extreme caution when transporting horses to properly disinfect and sanitize their trailers if there is any chance they may have transported an exposed horse.

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