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All racing at Dover Downs to cease?

11:45 AM 19 Dec 2008 NZDT
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Courtesy Of Dover Downs

All racing at Dover Downs could be brought to a standstill if the disease equine heresvirus-1 isn't curtailed. Just 10 days after a horse housed at the Kent County facility was euthanized after being diagnosed with the disease a second horse has tested positive.

Dover Downs is the only Delaware racetrack with ongoing meetings but harness racing officials have forced them to at least consider stopping all racing at the venue.

The latest case was found in a 2-year-old trotter stabled at a farm on Paradise Alley Road in Felton, less than five miles from Dovington Training Center, the facility that stabled Tintabella N, the 7-year-old mare that was put down Dec. 7.

Jack Ireland of Delawareonline gets to the bottom of this scary story. You can read his interview with the Delaware Harness Racing Commission by clicking here.

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