Horse Racing Tracks Reopens In NY from June

Equestriennes can rejoice now, as New York State has decided to reopen horse racing and some auto racing in the upcoming month. 

Trump’s announcement to reopen the economy includes the reopening of non-essential businesses in the US. 

In an address on Saturday, Governor Cuomo announced that the state would open the doors for professional and entertainment-based events for Horse racing and the Watkins Glen International auto racing track to open without fans on June 1. This would allow only broadcasted or televised events at those venues.

“We can have economic activity without having a crowd, that’s great,” Mr. Cuomo said. “We can do that in this state. But no crowds, no fans. Remember, the problem here isis crowds and gatherings,” he said. 

The tracks that are set to open for business include the horse racing track of Belmont Park on Long Island, Aqueduct Racetrack, Batavia Downs, Belmont Park, Buffalo Raceway, Finger Lakes Racetrack, Monticello Raceway, Saratoga Race Course, Tioga Downs, Vernon Downs, Yonkers Raceway, and the Watkins Glen International auto track, which was set to host a NASCAR race in August. However, in light of the pandemic, it was previously delayed. New dates will be announced post the reopening next month. 

The revival of the US economy gets a boost with the flattening of the infection curve in the current epicenter, New york. A gradual decline in the number of deaths and infection has given Trump government the mojo to Make America Great Again despite Fauci’s warnings against it. According to the state data, the number of total deaths remains within the 200 marks in the last week. 

Cuomo says, “That number has been stubborn,” he said. “We don’t want to go back to the hell we’ve gone through.” Moreover, the decline of 400 from 437 of the new cases gives hope. “It’s interesting to look at the curve, how fast we went up, and now how relatively slow the decline has been,” Mr. Cuomo said. “Spike happens quickly, but resolves slowly.”

On Friday, several of NY state’s sports complex underwent the sanitization process. Non-essential businesses must follow the sanitization measures before getting the green light to continue operations. Stressing on the necessity of economic activity, Cuomo says that slowly baseball and other sports stadiums will also reopen but without the fans’ spectacle. 

NYRA President and CEO Dave O’Rourke thanks the governor for acknowledging 19,000 jobs and $3 billion in the annual economic impact of the industry.

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