Horse Racing

Santa Anita awaits answer about spectatorless races

2Horse racing at Santa Anita Park remains on hold while officials in Los Angeles County weigh whether to allow the track to reopen without spectators.

Santa Anita, located in Arcadia, Calif., has been closed since March 27 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The closure forced the postponement of the April 4 Santa Anita Derby, which is a tuneup for the Kentucky Derby.

The Kentucky Derby was moved from May 2 to Sept. 5.

In a statement issued Thursday, track officials said they were continuing discussions with the county health department and Los Angeles County supervisor Kathryn Barger about resuming live racing. A written proposal was submitted last week.

“While Santa Anita is first and foremost in our minds, we are one of literally hundreds of businesses asking for attention during this pandemic,” track officials said in a statement. “The process, as thorough as it is, is time consuming. However, we anticipate receiving an answer shortly.

“To manage expectations, should we be able to resume live racing under the new protocols submitted, we anticipate there will be a delay of 7-10 days between acceptance of the plan and implementation of the protocols to return to live racing.”

–Field Level Media

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