Racing suspended at two US tracks owing to COVID-19 spike

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Racing at Golden Gate has been suspended after 24 COVID-19 positives. Photo: Golden Gate

By Nicholas Godfrey

USA: Racing has been suspended at two American racetracks owing to COVID-19.

Golden Gate Fields in northern California will remain shuttered for at least a week after a spate of COVID-19 positives linked to the venue, while state restrictions in New Mexico mean that Zia Park will not host live racing until November 30 at the earliest.

There have been a reported 24 COVID-19 positives linked to the Golden Gate stabling area since October 30. As a result, live racing will pause until November 20 at the Bay Area venue, though the track’s backstretch training centre with 1,300 horses will continue to operate.

Golden Gate officials issued a press release, saying: “During the period of temporary closure, track facilities will undergo thorough cleaning and track-wide COVID-19 testing will be performed for all employees and backstretch workers in the stable area.”

Meanwhile. with daily infections rates topping the 1,000-mark, state officials in New Mexico on Friday ordered a two-week lockdown on all non-essential businesses – including horse racing, which means Zia Park’s current meet will not operate until the end of the month.

• Visit the Golden Gate Fields website and Zia Park website

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