New Mexico regulators consider horse racing schedules

New Mexico racehorse

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) – New Mexico regulators have scheduled a special meeting to consider changes in horse racing schedules at Sunland Park and the disbursement of some $3 million in purse money in the wake of a horse herpes outbreak.

The outbreak forced the cancellation of live racing for weeks at the track near the New Mexico-Texas border. A quarantine was imposed, dozens of horses tested positive for the EHV-1 virus and several were euthanized.

Racing at Sunland Park resumed in late February, but horsemen says they lost 180 races because of the quarantine and purse money was affected as a result.

They’re asking the New Mexico Racing Commission to add two races per day for the remainder of the meet along with three additional race days.

The commission is meeting Monday in Albuquerque.

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