MJC Sets Protocols for Returning Colonial Downs Jockeys

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Laurel Park | MJC photo

The Maryland Jockey Club will require all jockeys who rode during the abbreviated meet at Colonial Downs to undergo a 14-day quarantine period beginning Aug. 13 and a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before returning to any MJC facility. The same protocols are in place for all dormitory residents who were at Colonial Downs.

Colonial Downs announced it was ending its 2020 meeting Friday due to coronavirus concerns.

“The MJC considers the health and safety of our team, horsemen and riders as our number one focus,” MJC President Sal Sinatra commented. “Upon consultation with our excellent team of doctors at MedStar Health, as part of our renowned Horsemen's Health System with MTHA, we feel aggressive policies are important to keep our community safe while protecting the livelihoods of the thousands of horsemen who rely on this industry.”

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