Virus draws concerns

Published: Thursday | January 31, 2013 Comments 0

The Gary Subratie-trained American filly, CITY FLIGHT, kept her unbeaten record intact at Caymanas Park yesterday with an easy victory in the 3-y-o and up overnight race over the straight, despite a virus outbreak at his stables.

One of four winners for former champion jockey Omar Walker, the 3-y-o grey filly won by 21/2 lengths from SIR VON (3-1) in the fairly good time of 58.2.

Subratie was "very concerned" that a virus is spreading in the stable.

"In the past week five of my horses have been affected and City Flight could count herself lucky in the circumstances," Subratie said. "Awesome Camille, who was down to run in the same race, was one of those who came down with the virus and was a late non-starter. Also on the sick list are the unbeaten three-year-old colt Bigman In Town, along with Zacapa, Sunshine Boy and an unraced two-year-old."

Jamaica Racing Commission's chief veterinarian, Dr St Aubyn Bartlett, said his concern was raised when four horses down to run had to be scratched by him with flu-like symptoms.

"We recognise that there is something that is happening after looking at those horses. We will be monitoring the situation closely and will let the public know of any further development."

In December 1989, a virus outbreak at Caymanas Park forced a shutdown for over three months.

- Orville Clarke

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