Quarantine stable helps lure foreign horses

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Races between Japanese horses and their foreign rivals could soon flare up again thanks to the addition of an on-site quarantine facility and a bulging wallet that is 25% larger than last year.

Called the International Stable, the facility consists of an oval area filled with six neatly constructed brick sheds, located near the third corner of Tokyo Racecourse. Completed in May, the new barns have a brick wall design and can house two horses each. They are surrounded by a six-foot-wide, 292.6-foot-long dirt practice track and flowerbeds of red, yellow and purple flowers, giving the facility a sophisticated look. On October 1, the International Stable received permission from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries to function as a quarantine facility.

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