Lone Star Park Spring Training Session Begins March 12, Track Now Requires Negative Piroplasmosis Test for Entry

(Grand Prairie, Texas - Wednesday, February 8, 2012) - Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie will open its stable area for a spring training session from March 12-25. The track has also updated its Piroplasmosis policy.

Updated Piroplasmosis Policy

A negative Piroplasmosis cElisa test for Theileria equi that has been performed within the last year is required for all horses entering the stable area. This includes pony horses.

As of January 1, 2012, Piroplasmosis test results will now be required to be turned into the racing office with the foal papers and Coggins in order to receive a date and to race.

This will enable Lone Star Park to produce lists to provide the stable gate and the Texas Animal Health Commission to ensure compliance.

The track does still recommend testing for Babesia caballi also due to the fact that many other states still require this for entry. And though the test is not required, any horse testing positive for babesia caballi is not permitted in the stable area.

And as usual you must also provide the stable gate a negative Coggins test within the past twelve months and have a valid health certificate dated within 45 days when entering the stable area.

Lone Star Park Training Center Spring Session

The barn area will open on Monday, March 12 as a training center and then open for regular race meet stabling on March 26.  There again will be a 50-stall maximum limit set for trainers and a $10 per stall deposit is due upon arrival.  The deposit will be returned at the end of the meet if stalls are cleaned to the satisfaction of management.

All horses entering Lone Star Park must have a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (Health Certificate) dated no more than 45 days prior to entrance and a negative EIA (Coggins) and a negative Piroplasmosis cELISA test for Theileria equi test within the past 12 months.

You will now also have to turn your piroplasmosis test in with your papers in order to receive a date and to race. This exactly mirrors the track's procedures for coggins.  

Stalls for the Training Center Spring Session are $6 per day, and the cost to ship in and train (work or gallop) is $20 per horse per day.

Training hours will be 7:00 - 10:00 a.m. with no break. Training will be conducted Monday through Sunday, with the track closed on Sundays.

Official workouts will be available on Wednesday and Saturday. You must have a copy of foal papers in the Lone Star Park Racing Office and the exercise rider must be identified and licensed by the Texas Racing Commission to get an official workout.

Gate schooling will be available beginning on Tuesday, March 27.

If you need additional information, please check out the “Horsemen’s Information” section of Lone Star Park's web site at LoneStarPark.com.

If you have any further questions, call the Lone Star Park Racing Office at (972) 237-1130 or (888) 4RACING.  The Racing Office can also be reached by e-mail at racing@lonestarpark.com.

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