Churchill Ready To Allow Live Spectators

Horse Racing Radar
Valerie Mellema
Valerie Mellema is a Staff writer for Horse Racing Radar
Thursday, October 8, 2020
After COVID-19 and racial injustice protests kept spectators from live racing at Churchill, the track believes they are finally ready to allow guests back in for the fall meet, which opens October 25th. Tom Menneci, senior director of finance at Churchill Downs Inc siad in a videoconference during the Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund Advisory Committee, "We hope to have spectators here at the track, depending on what happens with COVID-19 and positivity rates. But we are hoping to have patrons here at the track, albeit probably limited based on people's desire to get out and about during this pandemic."

Ben Huffman, the racing secretary says the condition book is not yet finalized for the fall meet, but it will be 24 days with a brief pause for the Breeders' Cup at Keeneland, which is still planned to run without guests. 

Turfway will be open for the winter meet. The new Tapeta track is installed and horses will be shipping in November 1st. They have received 24,000 stall applications for 900 stalls. The frontside facilities will be temporary due to the remodel. 

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