Staff Valor Worldwide and Gary Barber’s Wakanaka has been scratched from Sunday’s Grade 1 Matriarch Stakes at Del Mar out of “an abundance of warning” after transport to California from Churchill Downs, which has had an outbreak of the extremely contagious equine herpesvirus.
A press release from Dr. Jeff Blea, equine medical director for the California Horse Racing Board, mentioned:
“Three horses arrived on the Del Mar racetrack from Churchill Downs on Tuesday, Nov. 29. As a result of current EHV-1 subject recognized at Churchill Downs, the horses have been positioned in a quarantine barn with biosecurity measures carried out upon arrival, which proceed to stay in place. Since their arrival, all three horses stay wholesome and present no medical indicators of sickness. Moreover, bloodwork has been and continues to stay regular.
“The horses have been examined for EHV-1 at UC Davis and all horses have been detrimental for EHV-1 in blood. Nonetheless, one horse, Wakanaka, was mildly constructive on a nasal swab pattern with a really low viral load. The viral load was too weak to distinguish between neuropathogenic and non-neuropathogenic EHV-1. This is just one check at a single time level, so we’ll proceed to observe the state of affairs. Out of an abundance of warning, Wakanaka is not going to be allowed to compete within the Dec. 4 Matriarch Stakes as deliberate.”
Skilled by William Mott, Irish-bred Wakanaka has gained eight of 15 lifetime begins, together with 4 of 5 races in Italy, the place she started her profession. Since arriving within the U.S. she has gained two of seven races – the Grade 2 Dance Well at Woodbine in July at Woodbine and the Fall Harvest Stakes at Keeneland on Nov. 5.
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