- Associated Press - Monday, March 28, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The Latest on fallout from an equine herpes virus at New Mexico’s Sunland Park track (all times local):

4:50 p.m.

Although it wasn’t everything they wanted, horsemen are pleased with a decision by the New Mexico Racing Commission to add one more race per day to the schedule at Sunland Park track.

The commission made the decision after meeting for more than two hours Monday in Albuquerque to weigh options for disbursing the purse money that had accumulated while live racing was on hold due to an equine herpes outbreak.

But some critics claimed the decision was predetermined.

Gary Roybal of the Santa Fe chapter of the League of United Latin American Citizens had asked the commission to amend the rules to ensure the extra purse money is equitably distributed.

Roybal argued that trainers, breeders and jockeys should also share in the money and that owners who haul in their horses have been left out this season due to the quarantine imposed at the track in January.


4:10 p.m.

New Mexico horse racing regulators have agreed to add one race per day to the schedule at Sunland Park to address concerns about the disbursement of potentially millions of dollars in purse money that accumulated during an equine herpes outbreak.

The outbreak forced the cancellation of live racing for weeks, leaving owners and horsemen without an opportunity to compete for the money.

Horsemen had asked for an additional two races per day and to extend the meet by three days.

Sunland Park wanted to increase overnight purses by 15 percent going forward as well as retroactively.

A few options failed to win approval before the commissioners agreed during Monday’s meeting to the additional race and the disbursement of any extra purse money at the end of the meet to horse owners who competed at the track this season.


3:46 a.m.

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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