Yonkers Harness Racing Cancelled After Owners Rep Dies From Coronavirus


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:

Hey man don’t kill the messenger but I’m light of what has been going on today we had to put a coronavirus protocol in place…we can’t take entries from anyone stabled off the ground who have raced at YR in the last 14 days. Also going to have to scratch your horses on Wednesday and Thursday. I’m really sorry…Call me if you have any questions.
Similar measures are expected to be put in place at all harness and thoroughbred tracks
in New Jersey and New York, and all race meetings over coming week are in grave danger of being cancelled.
UPDATE: In news just in, the Woodbine harness racing track has also been closed down for training due to fears over the spread of the virus.


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