Hoosier Park Racing and Casino took precautionary measures today when symptoms of a case of Streptococcus equi (strangles), a contagious bacterial disease, was suspected in a Thoroughbred racehorse on the backstretch at the facility. All 59 horses stabled in the barn with the horse have been quarantined until test results are returned from the lab.
Hoosier Park Racing and Casino officials are keeping in constant contact with state and track veterinarians monitoring the incident. Thorough test results are expected to take up to 72 hours.
If test results return a positive identification of strangles, then all horses located in the quarantined barn will be required to undergo mandatory testing for the disease.