Ready To Roll
Churchill Downs Racetrack officials today determined that opening day of the 2020 Spring Meet will be Saturday, May 16.
After opening weekend on May 16-17, racing will be staged Thursdays through Sundays with a special holiday Monday card on Memorial Day, May 25. Post time for the first race each day will be 1:00 ET.
Vice President of Racing Ben Huffman is putting together a condition book, including a revised stakes schedule, and it is expected to be released online this weekend so horsemen can begin preparing their horses.
Yesterday, Churchill Downs received approval from state officials to reopen its stable areas at both Churchill Downs Racetrack and the auxiliary training center Trackside on Monday, May 11 under strict guidelines to effectively mitigate the impact of COVID-19.
The stable areas will reopen under a phased, systematic approach. The following is a listing of racetracks and when horses based there may return to Churchill Downs’ stable areas between 6:00 in the morning to 6:00 in the evening.
· Fair Grounds in New Orleans, La. (May 11-13);
· Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Fla., Tampa Bay Downs in Tampa, Fla. and horses based at Florida training centers (May 14-16);
· Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark. (May 17-19);
· All other locales (May 20)