As you know, Delta Downs Racetrack imposed a voluntary quarantine on all horses on January 2, 2017, in response to reports of Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) at New Orleans Fair Grounds. I am writing to update you on the next steps in resuming operations at our racetrack.
Assuming that no cases of EHV-1 are identified at Delta Downs, we plan to lift the quarantine and resume normal activities on Monday, January 9.
Starting on that date, Delta Downs will require a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) and proof of vaccination for the EHV-1, for any horse that enters our premises. This inspection must be conducted within 48 hours prior to the horse’s arrival. This requirement will remain in place until further notice.
We believe this plan will provide appropriate protection for the health and safety of all horses at our racetrack, while minimizing business disruption for both horse owners and our racetrack.