Today's Headlines February  10, 2016

Delta Downs Bans Horses From New Mexico and Arizona Due to Recent Outbreak of EHV-1

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VINTON, LA—FEBRUARY 8, 2016—Delta Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel today announced that it is banning horses from New Mexico and Arizona due to the recent outbreak of equine herpesvirus (EHV-1) in those states. The ban takes effect immediately and will be in place until further notice in order to protect local horses and horsemen.

Equine herpesvirus is a contagious disease that has caused several horse deaths at Sunland Park in New Mexico as well as Turf Paradise in Arizona. Sunland Park suspended live racing for a minimum of 14 days beginning on January 23 and both racetracks, along with certain training centers in their areas, have also been placed under quarantine.


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On Wednesday, January 20, the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) hosted its annual Champions Awards Ceremony at Heritage Place in Oklahoma City. One very special Louisiana-bred racehorse, Open Me A Corona, was honored as AQHA Champion Aged Stallion.

The Beginning of a Champion
Open Me A Corona, a son of Coronas Leaving You out of the Mr Eye Opener mare In the Open was bred by Natalie Montgomery, DVM, of Pineville, Louisiana.

"Open Me a Corona was an embryo transfer," explained Montgomery. "She came out of a Paint mare, who was kind of nutty. She raised him a

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