Standardbred Owners Association of New York President Joe Faraldo has tested negative for coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. SOA NY Director John Brennan, who was posted at Yonkers Raceway, became the first coronavirus-related death in New Jersey Tuesday, resulting in the closure of Yonkers Raceway. Faraldo had close contact with Brennan and recently developed symptoms similar to those of coronavirus.
The SOA NY made the following statement on their Twitter account: “We were notified today that SOA President Joe Faraldo has been tested and confirmed negative for COVID-19. He is currently at home recovering from an illness that has now been confirmed as unrelated to COVID-19. We wish him a speedy recovery.”
Yonkers racing is suspended through Mar. 18. Freehold Raceway also canceled all racing and simulcasting for the next two weeks after it was discovered that an individual who had been exposed to someone who tested positive for coronavirus was at the track Mar. 7.
Many other harness tracks have followed suit, including the Meadowlands, Poconos and Monticello, who have all canceled live racing for varying time periods.