Saratoga Jockey Travel Policy to Remain in Place Through End of Meet

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Saratoga | Sarah Andrew

Saratoga Race Course’s jockey safety protocols and travel restrictions that were established July 14 will remain in place throughout the end of the meeting.

It was announced earlier Friday morning that Churchill Downs will be requiring that all jockeys be in the state by Aug. 31 who will be riding in the GI Kentucky Derby.

“The NYRA policy instituted on July 14 to address jockey travel and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 will remain in place through the end of the 2020 summer meet at Saratoga Race Course,” Pat McKenna, NYRA communications director, said in a statement. “As such, any jockey traveling to Churchill Downs for Kentucky Derby week will not be permitted to re-enter the jockey colony at Saratoga. These travel restrictions are designed to protect the health and safety of the jockeys competing here in New York at a time when COVID-19 cases continue to rise in states across the country.

McKenna added, “COVID-19 travel and testing protocols for jockeys seeking to compete at the Belmont Park fall meet will be announced at the appropriate time.”

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