Racing and training at Turf Paradise in Phoenix, Ariz., were cancelled on Monday after an employee in the jockeys’ room tested positive for COVID-19. The unidentified employee has been hospitalized, according to Vincent Francia, the track’s general manager.
Francia informed horsemen via social media late Sunday that all jockeys and valets had been notified and would be required to undergo rapid testing and three-day result testing for COVID-19. The jockeys’ quarters were disinfected Sunday and would be fogged with an extra strength disinfectant.
The track’s starting gate crew will also be required to undergo COVID-19 testing, and horsemen and Turf Paradise staff are also advised to get tested.
Francia said Monday morning that he anticipated training would take place Tuesday but racing would again be cancelled. He believed racing would resume on Wednesday.
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