Harness racing at the famous Yonkers race track in New Jersey has been cancelled indefinitely after a leading industry figure died yesterday after contracting the Coronavirus.
Standardbred Owners Association (SOA) representative John Brennan, 69 (pictured above), a United States Trotting Association (USTA) director for 23 years and chairman of District 12, is the first reported victim of coronavirus in New Jersey.
It is believed that the President of the SOA Joe Faraldo, who worked with Brennan, may also have contracted the virus. He is currently being confined in isolation in a New York hospital pending further tests.
All racing at Yonkers has been cancelled while officials employ measures to sanitise the track. Club officials hope to reopen for racing on Thursday, but our sources in the US say that due to concerns across the industry this is highly unlikely.
Meanwhile the Saratoga track in New York has gone into lockdown, and is refusing entries for any horses stabled or trained at Yonkers, and those who have raced at the New Jersey track in the past 14 days.
PJ from the Saratoga office sent this message out to a trainer from the Winning Circle syndicate this morning: