Limited Morning Owners' Viewing at Santa Anita

The empty grandstand at Santa Anita | Benoit

According to a release from the Thoroughbred Owners of California, Santa Anita will allow a limited number of CHRB-licensed owners to attend morning workouts at the track. Because attendance will be capped in line with county COVID-19 protocols, owners must work with their trainers to reserve space on a first-come, first-served basis.

The area has been established in the clubhouse section of the grandstand overlooking the far turn and will contain tables and chairs spaced appropriately to conform with social distancing constructs. There will also be coffee service available. The area and restrooms will be cleaned and disinfected regularly.

According to the TOC release, owners must enter through Gate 8 off Baldwin Avenue and park in the clubhouse valet. They will enter through the clubhouse gate, where they will be met and checked in by an attendant and show photo ID. Each person must pass a temperature check and be fully compliant with a face cloth covering their nose and mouth to receive an access sticker and enter the clubhouse. Signs will be posted throughout the area directing people where to go and to remind everyone to remain socially distant.

According to the TOC release, owners and their guests must stay in the assigned Clubhouse area only and are not allowed west of the tunnel that connects the walking ring to the racetrack. Owners will not have access to the grandstand apron or Clockers' Corner. This policy is designed to minimize exposure to anyone from the backstretch/stable area.

Santa Anita re-opened to spectator-free racing May 15.

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