The New York Racing Affiliation, Inc. (NYRA) introduced Saturday COVID-19 well being and security protocols for jockeys throughout the 18-day Aqueduct fall meet, which can open on Friday, Nov. 6 and run via Sunday, Dec. 6. The Aqueduct fall meet might be highlighted by 29 stakes, together with 11 graded occasions, value $3.41 million in purse cash.
Opening weekend of the Aqueduct fall meet, which coincides with the Breeders’ Cup set for Nov. 6-7 at Keeneland Race Course, begins with the $100,000 Tempted for juvenile fillies and $80,000 Atlantic Seaside for juvenile turf sprinters on Nov. 6. Following opening weekend, stay racing might be carried out Thursday via Sunday excluding Thanksgiving Week, when stay racing won’t be provided on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26.
Members of the Aqueduct jockey colony who journey to journey at another racetrack throughout the Aqueduct fall meet might be required to offer two unfavourable COVID-19 checks taken inside a 5-day window so as to return to journey at Aqueduct. Jockeys touring out of state who’ve accomplished the required testing will then be bodily remoted within the jockey quarters for 3 further calendar days.
Jockeys not at present driving at NYRA who want to be part of the Aqueduct jockey colony for the start of the Aqueduct fall meet should contact NYRA’s Senior Vice President of Racing Operations Martin Panza or Aqueduct Racing Secretary Keith Doleshel by Wednesday, Nov. 11. Newcomers to the NYRA jockey colony might be required to offer two unfavourable COVID-19 checks taken throughout the 5-day window previous that jockey’s first mount at Aqueduct.
In an effort to mitigate threat and scale back the unfold of COVID-19, Aqueduct might be closed to out-of-town jockeys not thought-about members of the common NYRA jockey colony.
All testing should be carried out in New York state.
Along with race day security protocols which embody normal well being screening and temperature checks, the jockey quarters at Aqueduct have been considerably altered to offer most social distancing and scale back density. All areas accessed by jockeys throughout the common course of a race day are closed to outdoors personnel, together with credentialed media, and are cleaned and disinfected all through the day.
Jockeys usually are not permitted entry to the barn space at Belmont Park. In an effort to work a horse within the morning, the jockey should meet the horse within the paddock and will then proceed to the primary monitor for so long as the primary monitor stays open.
Jockey brokers arriving from outdoors of New York should produce a unfavourable COVID-19 take a look at so as to achieve entry to the barn space at Belmont Park. Races will proceed to be drawn through Zoom.
All valets should present a unfavourable COVID-19 take a look at taken any time after Nov. 2 so as to entry the jockey quarters on opening day, Nov. 6. Valets who select to solely saddle horses within the paddock and never enter the jockey quarters might be allowed within the Belmont Park barn space.
America’s Day on the Races will current day by day tv protection of the Aqueduct fall meet on FOX Sports activities and MSG Networks.
For the whole stakes schedule for the Aqueduct fall meet, please go to https://www.nyra.com/aqueduct/racing/stakes-schedule
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