Vernon Downs live racing suspended indefinitely

VERNON, N.Y. (WKTV) - Race officials confirm that Vernon Downs live racing has been shut down due to a confirmed case of equine herpes at the track.

According to officials, the New York Gaming Commission have made the decision to cancel racing Saturday "in the best interest of the harness racing community."

No horses will be allowed to ship into or out of Vernon Downs until further notice, and trainers attempting that will be dealt with accordingly, the track announced.

People dealing with the horses at Vernon Downs are asked to use hygienic precaution when working from horse to horse, trainers should keep an eye on their horses, and continually take their temperature.

The track says those who have raced at Vernon Downs in the last two weeks or are stabled at Vernon should take their horses temperature twice a day.

Horses who have raced at Vernon Downs from April 19 through May 3 should contact the Tioga Downs' race office to check on certain stipulations regarding their eligibility to race.

Management and the New York Gaming Commission will continue to gather more information on the situation and more information will be made available as soon as possible

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