Archives for March 19, 2020

Golden Gate Fields continues horse racing, closes to fans

Golden Gate Fields race track will continue its horse racing schedule without fans, the race track announced in a news release Thursday.

With the coronavirus outbreak, most other sporting events have been canceled.

“With the utmost regard for the safety and well-being of our customers and employees and in following the best available guidance from local and international health authorities, Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields will temporarily close to the public effective immediately,” the release stated.

The races are open for off-track betting.

Other tracks still open for business include Gulfstream Park, Oaklawn Park and Tampa Bay Downs.

NYRA Shuts Down Aqueduct after Worker Contracts Virus

Aqueduct will be shutting down racing operations immediately and indefinitely after a backstretch worker at Belmont Park tested positive for coronavirus. ~ David Grening, DRF, 3/19/20

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) today announced that live racing at Aqueduct Racetrack will occur behind closed doors until further notice.

The decision follows today’s announcement by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to ban gatherings of 500 or more people to reduce the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

“We believe that the most prudent decision to protect the health and well-being of all involved in our sport is to conduct upcoming race dates without attendees,” said NYRA CEO & President Dave O’Rourke. “NYRA will continue to actively monitor this evolving situation and make further adjustments as necessary in consultation and collaboration with the New York State Gaming Commission.”

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Until further notice, only essential racetrack staff required to officiate and report on live racing per New York State Gaming Commission (NYSGC) rules, including, but not limited to, stewards, licensed owners, trainers, assistant trainers and grooms, will be permitted on-site.

Carriage horse advocates wants New York racing stopped while COVID-19 crisis continuesA recently formed NYRA Preparedness and Response Plan Committee, comprised of key NYRA staff members as well as representatives from the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA), the Backstretch Employee Service Team (BEST), and the New York Race Track Chaplaincy of America (NYRTCA), will monitor and assess developments regarding the coronavirus.

NYRA will continue to follow best practices established by the New York State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Live racing at the Aqueduct winter meet in March is conducted three days per week, Friday through Sunday. Live racing resumes Friday, March 13 at the Big A with a nine-race card. First post is 1:30 p.m. Eastern.

As a courtesy to fans, all NYRA racing can be streamed for free in high-definition at NYRA.com/aqueduct/racing/live. This service is provided by RTN.

Racing at Aqueduct is slated to continue through the conclusion of the spring meet on April 19. Live racing will then move to Belmont Park for the 51-day spring/summer meet which kicks off on April 24.

Source: New York Racing Association

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) holds the exclusive franchise to conduct thoroughbred racing at Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course.

NYRA tracks are the cornerstone of New York State’s thoroughbred industry, which is responsible for 19,000 jobs and more than $3 billion in annual statewide economic impact.

Accredited by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance, NYRA is a founding member of the Thoroughbred Safety Coalition, a group of the nation’s leading racing organizations working collaboratively to advance safety reforms across the sport.

Over the course of 217 days of live racing in 2019, NYRA generated more than $2.1 billion in all-sources wagering handle with paid attendance exceeding 1.5 million.

FanDuel May Purchase Fairmount Park Racetrack, Gain Immediate Sports Betting Access

Multiple sources have confirmed to Sports Handle that growing U.S. sports betting juggernaut FanDuel Group is in talks to purchase the Fairmount Park Racetrack in Collinsville, Ill., in the St. Louis metropolitan area. The reason? It’s a workaround for the application fee and would allow FanDuel, which would otherwise have an 18-month waiting period before it could launch its mobile sportsbook in Illinois, a chance to go live sooner under its own brand name.

The timeline for a purchase is unclear, but talks are well underway and FanDuel Group (Betfair Interactive US LLC) already applied for a management services provider license with the Illinois Gaming Board. The fee for this license is $1 million. Fairmount Park has applied for an organization license, which has a $10 million price tag.

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