Yonkers Raceway canceled live racing Tuesday night after John Brennan, the Standardbred Owners Association of New York Director representing horsemen at Yonkers, passed away Tuesday from Coronavirus. The New Jersey resident was the state’s first reported victim of Coronavirus.
DRF Harness originally reported Brennan’s death and the Yonkers cancellation, but had not confirmed a connection. Harness Racing Update received confirmation from SOA of N.Y. President Joe Faraldo that racing was cancelled due to an “abundance of caution.”
HRU also reported that Faraldo has a fever and his doctor is concerned he may have contracted coronavirus from Brennan or exposure at Yonkers.
A Standardbred trainer for 40 years, Brennan trained predominantly in New York and New Jersey. The 69-year-old was part-owner and trainer of 2003 Yonkers Trot winner and Hambletonian runner-up Sugar Trader. In addition to his longtime role with the SOA of N.Y., he was a United States Trotting Association Director for many years.