Laurel opens, Pa. racing to start in about three weeks, Monmouth in N.J. to resume July 3
- May 30, 2020
- By SARA CAVANAGH
HARRISBURG, Pa--Tracks have received the go-ahead to begin racing, with both Penn National and Parx estimating that racing may begin in about three weeks while Presque Isle doesn't expect to begin racing until July 6.
Racing at Laurel Park in Maryland resumed on Saturday, May 30 with full fields, and will continue three days a week.
No horses from out of Maryland can race at Laurel, but as Fair Hill is in Maryland, all horses stable there can run at laurel.
Gov. Wolf announced that racing could resume in Pennsylvania when counties entered the yellow zone, and Penn National is already in the yellow zone, while Parx, in Bucks County, will enter the yellow zone June 5.
Training has continued all along at both Penn National and Parx
On May 28, the Pennsylvania HBPA participated in a very good meeting with the Governor’s office and officials from the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
The Pennsylvania HBPA received affirmation that yesterday’s statement from Governor Wolf - allowing professional sports to resume in green and yellow counties - includes horse racing.
It is anticipated that COVID-19 safety protocols will be submitted from the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission to the Department of Health no later than Monday morning, June 1.