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Manitoba Derby removed from race series due to horse quarantine – Winnipeg

Manitoba Derby removed from race series due to horse quarantine – Winnipeg
Manitoba Derby removed from race series due to horse quarantine – Winnipeg

The discovery of a disease at Assiniboia Downs in mid-June has led to the removal of the Manitoba Derby from the 2024 Western Canadian Derby Series racing season.

The Downs reported Monday that a case of anemia was found in a horse in their stable, prompting the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to quarantine the horse for 45 days.

Although all other horses tested negative, they must all be retested before the federal quarantine can be lifted.

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The second and final test is scheduled for July 29, with results expected on August 2. That’s bad timing for the Manitoba Derby, which starts on August 1.

“Given the uncertainty surrounding the results, the release date of that information and the lifting of the current quarantine, it is responsible to remove our race from the series this year,” Downs CEO Darren Dunn said in a press release.

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With the Manitoba Derby now cancelled, the Western Canadian Derby Series consists of events in Edmonton and Vancouver.


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