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Required Documents

Racetrack Entry Requirements


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All entry documents including Certificates of Veterinary Inspection (CVI/Health Certificate) and Coggins must be emailed as attachments (DO NOT send photos in the body of your email they MUST be attachments) to the commission PRIOR to your arrival at the racetrack. Only legible documents will be accepted. All documents should be sent to at least 24 hours prior to arrival.


  • Equine herpes virus (EHV-1) has become a health issue in several racetracks and training centers throughout the United States with horses showing signs of and/or dying from the neurological form of the disease. In order to safeguard the horses arriving and stabling at Canterbury Park & Running Aces the following policies are in place.


  • All horses (including pony/outrider horses) entering the grounds for the first time must be accompanied by an original Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (health certificate) issued within five (5) days of their arrival and a negative Coggins Test Certificate issued within 12 months of arrival. EHV-1 and Influenza vaccination dates along with rectal temperatures for each horse should be included on the health certificate. For those trainers shipping in and out, a copy of the health certificate valid for thirty (30) days will be available in the Commission’s veterinarian’s office upon request.


  • Every horse entering the enclosure of the racetrack must have been vaccinated by a veterinarian with an FDA approved modified live or killed virus vaccine specific for EHV-1 and Influenza not less than 14 days and not more than 180 days prior to date of entry. The specific product used and expiration date as well as the date the horse was vaccinated must appear on the health certificate.
  • Vaccinations for Eastern and Western Encephalitis, West Nile Virus, Rabies and Tetanus are required for HISA covered horses to enter the grounds. They are not required for Quarter Horses or Standardbreds at this time, but are highly recommended. Vaccination for Streptococcus equi (Strangles) is recommended, but not required for Thoroughbred, Quarter Horses or Standardbreds.


  • Horses with a health certificate originating from a state with suspect cases of Equine Piroplasmosis (EP) must also have a negative test for Babesia equi taken within the previous 12 months. Currently this includes Texas, but is subject to change.
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