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Beehive on hold


May 18, 2011     E-mail this page to a friend!

Concerns over the recent EHV-1 outbreak have prompted the Utah Quarter Horse Racing Association to postpone the races scheduled for this Saturday, May 21, at Laurel Brown Racetrack. Total purses for the day’s races totaled about $100,000 and included the $63,250 Beehive Futurity.

The UQHRA acted late Tuesday night on advice from the South Valley Large Animal Clinic in South Jordan, Utah. The clinic is co-sponsor of the $20,710 South Valley/Swett Ranch Futurity, which was to be run on Saturday with 10 starters.

The track is part of a larger equestrian complex in South Jordan.

“The fact that people can just haul in and out of there makes it tough,” said Dustin Hall of the Utah Quarter Horse Racing Association. “There were trainers with concerns of bringing their horses to the equestrian park and taking the chance of picking something up and hauling it back to their farms. South Valley clinic recommended that we push a week to be safe.”

The UQHRA expects that the races will be postponed one week, but have not yet finalized that decision. The postponement could affect remaining dates at Laurel Brown Racetrack, currently scheduled for June 4 and June 18.


Note: For more information about the EHV-1 outbreak, go to http://www.theracingjournal.com/news/article.php?article_id=1639.