If it's not one thing, it's another in Pennsylvania. The track announced last night that it would be canceling live racing today and that the December 16th card will be carried over to December 23rd. The track is expected to be hit with the first major snow storm of the season with significant snow totals.
This comes after the state was closed down again for COVID-19 per an order issued by Governor Tom Wolf. Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course posted December 11th on Facebook that they are closed for three weeks in accordance with Governor Wolf's COVID-19 protective mitigation measures.
However, it was not clear if only the casino is closed or if racing will be suspended as well. Their Facebook page stated "In accordance with the Governor's additional COVID-19 protective mitigation measures, Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course will be temporarily suspending operations for a period of three weeks beginning at 11:00 p.m. on Friday, December 11, 2020."
The new restrictions include a ban on in-person dining, a reduction of capacity at retail service businesses, a ban on indoor operations at gyms and fitness facilities, and a prohibition on indoor entertainment businesses "including but not limited to, theaters, concert venues, museums, movie theaters, arcades, casinos, bowling alleys, private clubs, and all other similar entertainment, recreational or social facilities."
Information as to whether or not the live racing would continue was scarce and difficult to come by. The racing page on the Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course website was not clear as to whether or not racing was continuing, just that all indoor gambling services were closed including off track betting sites. After some digging and contacting Pennsylvania racehorse owners and trainers, Horse Racing Radar learned that live racing was continuing but without spectators or owners.
The next live racing date at Penn National is December 18th with post time scheduled for 6:00 p.m.