Live horse racing returns to Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico on this Date

Heavy COVID-19 precautions Will be in Place

With COVID-19 putting a halt to sports worldwide, horseracing is one of the few that has continued and Ruidoso Downs is one of just six tracks in the country that are currently open. They’ll hold the Triple Crown of quarter horse racing this summer.

“We’re lucky and we take it very serious,” said trainer Blaine Wood. “We have to keep everyone healthy and safe.”

They’ve taken extensive precautions to do that. Face masks and gloves are required, as are health screenings prior to entering the track.

Out-of-town jockeys will be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival and isolated from other riders. There’s also protocol in place if someone were to test positive for the coronavirus.

“If a person on the backside were to test positive, everyone in that barn would be required to leave and quarantine for 14 days and be required to test negative before they came back,” said Jeff True.

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