HOT SPRINGS, AR (Monday, Jan. 2, 2017) – Oaklawn, working in conjunction with the Arkansas State Racing Commission , is restricting horses from Louisiana after three horses at Fair Grounds have developed EHV-1. No horses that have been in Louisiana in the last 30 days will be permitted on the grounds until further notice.
David Longinotti, Oaklawn’s Director of Racing, said the decision was reached after consulting with Racing Commission Chairman Alex Lieblong and veterinarians who work for Oaklawn and the Racing Commission. We are being overly cautious because our main concern is for the safety and well-being of the more than 1,200 horses already stabled on our grounds,” Longinotti said.
Longinotti noted that Commission Chairman Lieblong strongly supports the action even though it will strand some of Lieblong’s horses, which were scheduled to ship from Louisiana to Oaklawn.
Oaklawn’s live meet opens Friday, Jan. 13 and runs through Saturday, April 15.