Churchill Downs Incorporated announced the suspension of racing at Turfway Park in Florence, Ky. effective immediately Wednesday afternoon, in accordance with the “Healthy at Home” Executive Order 2020-257 issued by Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear following public health concerns in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Arlington International Racecourse won't start its 2020 racing season "anytime soon," officials said Friday, but they're still holding out hope for some type of shortened meet, even if it's only a month long.
With 1,100 horses stabled on the backside, and strict protocols in place in terms of staffing and distancing, Lawson said the plan to reopen for racing started with opening the track for breezing on May 1. Within a few weeks, additional staff would be brought in for timed works and starting gate operations. If all goes to plan, Lawson said an optimistic projection would see spectator-free live racing pick up sometime in June.