Jockeys who go through the Kentucky Derby Week protocols at Churchill Downs will be allowed to ride during the upcoming Kentucky Downs meet if they have proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken when offered at the Louisville track Sept. 3. Jockeys who choose to leave the state of Kentucky after the Derby will not be allowed to return for racing at Kentucky Downs until they can show a negative COVID test taken no farther out than 72 hours prior to returning to Kentucky. In addition, they will be required to have another negative COVID test performed in Kentucky or the metro Nashville area before they will be permitted to ride at Kentucky Downs.
Jockeys planning on riding at the Kentucky Downs meet but who are not riding at Churchill Downs during Derby Week must have a negative COVID test taken no farther out than 72 hours prior to coming to Kentucky. In addition, they will be required to be tested in Kentucky or the metro Nashville area and must present another negative result before being permitted to ride.
Trainers and their employees also must show a negative COVID test result within the previous 72 hours before being permitted on Kentucky Downs property.
Urgent Care Centers of Kentucky (http://www.urgentcareofky.com) has 12 facilities with rapid testing around Lexington and Central Kentucky. Appointments are required and can be made through their website. Results are back within an hour.
Also in Kentucky, FirstCare performs rapid testing with locations including Shepherdsville and Henderson. Walk-ins are allowed as available, but appointments are recommended. Note that appointments cannot be made until 72 hours before the desired time. More information at FirstCareClinics.com.
Kentucky Downs will hold live racing Sept. 7, 9, 10, 12, 13 and 16.