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Turf Paradise Horses Test Negative After Equine Herpes Outbreak

Turf Paradise in Phoenix
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Turf Paradise in Phoenix in 2015.

Management at a Valley racetrack say tests have turned up negative for two horses from New Mexico that had been shipped to the track following an equine herpes outbreak.

Turf Paradise General Manager Vince Francia says the track received the results Wednesday.

A third horse from New Mexico that was infected had to be euthanized after arriving at the track in January.

The Arizona state veterinarian has scheduled a visit to the track Thursday, and Francia expects the quarantine imposed last month to be lifted.

Turf Paradise will be instituting a series of requirements before allowing trainers to bring horses to the track.

Meanwhile in New Mexico, officials with Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino say they're seeing fewer positive tests as they work to contain the equine herpes outbreak. So far, nearly 70 horses have tested positive since the outbreak started last month. 

Steve Goldstein was a host at KJZZ from 1997 to 2022.