Sunland Park Postpones Racing Due to EHV-1 Outbreak

Sunland Park has suspended racing for at least 14 days after five horses tested positive for the equine herpes virus EHV-1. A number of precautions and tests overseen by the New Mexico Livestock Board and New Mexico Racing Commission have been implemented to stop further spread of the virus. “In the interest of equine safety, Sunland Park Racetrack is postponing racing for an initial period of 14 days,” Rick Baugh, general manager of the track, said. “I’d like to thank all the agencies involved, as well as our horsemen, for their cooperation and support as we take a proactive approach to protect our horses and make a quick return to live racing.” Officials at Sunland stressed that, pending resolution of the situation, the entirety of the race meet would not be cancelled. Missed race dates will not be made up, however. The $800,000 GIII Sunland Derby is scheduled for Mar. 20.