The bad news for Parx Racing is that the cancellations keep on coming: both weekend cards were abandoned, Saturday after two races and Sunday after three.
But the good news — at last — is that the quarantine on the track has been lifted, the track said on Twitter. That means that horses may now begin to ship in and out of the Bensalem racetrack.
The quarantine begin in November after a horse tested positive for equine herpesvirus (EHV-1). It continued past a hoped-for early December end after five horses on the grounds tested positive.
The quarantine was lifted January 10, the track said, and now it is seeking revised dates to run two stakes that were postponed because of the quarantine. The track’s ability to continue racing in spite of the quarantine was not significantly tested, in large part because it lost so many days to weather and track surface challenges.
The quarantine @parxracing was lifted Jan 10th. Waiting now on word of a new date for the PA Nursery Stakes and the SC Residency stakes.
— Parx Racing (@parxracing) January 13, 2014