Racing Suspended After 15 Jockeys Test Positive

7 Del Mar jockey room workers are also infected
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 16, 2020 2:05 AM CDT
Racing Suspended After 15 Jockeys Test Positive
In this image provided by Benoit Photo, Hit the Road, with Umberto Rispoli aboard, wins the $100,000 Runhappy Oceanside Stakes horse race Friday, July 10, 2020, at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Del Mar, Calif.   (Benoit Photo via AP)

The Del Mar racetrack in California resumed racing on July 10 without spectators—but it has still experienced a coronavirus outbreak. The upcoming weekend's races were canceled after 15 jockeys and seven non-riding personnel tested positive for COVID-19, the BBC reports. All jockeys and jockey room personnel were tested after leading riders Flavien Prat and Victor Espinoza tested positive. Officials say 14 of the 15 jockeys were part of a group of Del Mar jockeys who took part in a July 4 race at Los Alamitos, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune. Del Mar COO Josh Rubinstein says all the jockeys who tested positive are asymptomatic, and if they stay that way, they will be eligible to race again in 10 days. (More coronavirus stories.)

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