Updated: Horse Racing Groups Announce Cancellations Due To Coronavirus

by | 03.12.2020 | 12:45pm

Horse racing organizations have begun announcing the cancellation of events due to the spread of the coronavirus. Here are the latest cancellations:

New York-Bred Divisional Champions Awards Banquet
New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. (NYTB) has cancelled the organization's New York-Bred Divisional Champions Awards Banquet due to concerns about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The event, where NYTB planned to crown the 2019 New York-Bred Horse of the Year, divisional champions and human honorees, was originally scheduled to take place on the evening of Monday, April 6 at the Saratoga National Golf Club in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

The decision was prompted by recent guidance from federal and state authorities about limiting large gatherings, recommendations for “social distancing,” and concern for all members of the community.


Historically this a convivial, sold-out event. Guests gather from up and down the east coast and beyond. Prospective attendees and honorees have already expressed concerns about travel during the pandemic.

We realize that this cancellation is a disappointment, especially for the connections of our divisional championship nominees. This is also a disappointment for NYTB. This celebration of the racetrack achievements of the New York Thoroughbred Breeding and Racing Program is a high point in our annual calendar. These are, however, extraordinary circumstances and the need to protect all members of our community is paramount. 

NYTB will publicly announce the 2019 Horse of the Year, divisional winners and human honorees on April 6 as planned. The program and video presentation for the event are currently in production. After April 6 we will mail the commemorative program to all our members and release the video presentation on our website and social media channels. NYTB is contacting individual attendees about their previous reservations.

ARCI Annual Racing Integrity and Equine Welfare Conference
The 2020 Annual Racing Integrity and Equine Welfare Conference of the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI), scheduled for April 7-10, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA is being cancelled as a result of the public health concerns associated with the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19.

For more information about ARCI, please visit www.arci.com

California Horse Racing Board 

Based on recommendations from Governor Newsom's Office and California public health officials, the California Horse Racing Board meeting scheduled for March 19 at Cal Expo is canceled. Details of the next meeting will follow.

Old Friends

Regretfully, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farm in Georgetown, KY.,  has chosen to suspend public tours until at least March 27. The farm staff will revisit the situation at this time and determine what is safe for the community, friends, and supporters.

Refunds will be issued to anyone with online reservations.

Currently, the Stormy Liberal-Patch Celebration on April 6th is still scheduled, as is the Annual Homecoming event on May 3rd. However, as the dates draw closer, more information will be made available about these events.

For any additional information please call the main office at (502) 863-1775.

Secretariat's Birthday

The Secretariat 50th Birthday Celebration on March 28 at The Meadow has been cancelled. Yesterday the Governor of Virginia announced a state of emergency due to the coronavirus. The birthday events on March 27 and 29 in Ashland have also been canceled. All tickets will be refunded. Due to the uncertainty about the duration of the virus, there are no plans at this time to reschedule the birthday event.

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