Santa Anita Park And Golden Gate Fields To Close Stable Entry Gates To Out-Of-State Personnel
ARCADIA, Calif. (March 19, 2020)–With the utmost regard for the safety and well-being of essential personnel and the horses they care for, Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields announced today the immediate closure of the stable entry gates to outside personnel at their racing and training venues in California, including San Luis Rey Downs. The stable entry gate closure will not extend to horses as current scientific evidence suggests that horses cannot develop COVID-19 and therefore present no danger of transmission to other horses or people.
This added measure has been put in place as part of the company’s continuing efforts to limit exposure for essential personnel and to maintain compliance with the most up-to-date guidance from local and international health and governmental authorities on COVID-19.
The closure of the stable entry gates means that no new accompanying personnel, including jockeys, trainers or grooms, will be allowed onto the grounds with horses who ship from outside of California into Santa Anita Park, Golden Gate Fields or San Luis Rey Downs. Horses are only allowed to ship to trainers that currently have a barn at one of the three locations. To protect the perimeter, the horses will be met and transferred to the secure barn area in the care of personnel who are already on-site.
All horses will be cared for by essential personnel who are operating under stringent measures for protection prohibiting non-essential contact and interaction to maintain the most current requirements on social distancing.
On March 12, The Stronach Group closed all of its racing venues and simulcast centers to the public and enforced strict measures at all facilities including, among numerous other protective measures, restricting access to essential horsemen and personnel, daily health monitoring and temperature testing for all attendees, strict social distance requirements for jockeys and participants and significantly enhanced sanitization across the facilities.
The Stronach Group will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation vigilantly and will remain in full compliance with all government and local health orders.