The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club organizers canceled its racing program this weekend, July 17th – 19th, said CBS8 report.

This is after 15 asymptomatic jockeys recently testing positive for COVID-19.

However, the race will resume on July 24th. 

According to the Club, the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency tested all of Del Mar’s jockeys and jockey room personnel on Tuesday.

As a result, Del Mar officials ordered the testing of all the jockeys and jockeys’ room personnel after two riders.

Conversely, Jockeys Flavien Prat and Victor Espinoza, both tested positive for COVID-19.

The Trace Of Los Alamitos

In a club statement, the recent Los Alamitos is where they traced the virus came from.

The race club said:

“(There is ) a common factor among all but one of the riders that tested positive.

They rode at the recently concluded Los Alamitos meet.”

For this part, Joe Harper, Del Mar’s CEO, added:

“(First) canceling this weekend’s races will give us additional time to monitor the situation.

(Second) it gives the individuals who tested positive additional time to recover.”

Del Mar’s racing officials said all canceled races will be shifted to the following weekend.

This includes the Grade II, $150,000 San Diego Handicap and the Grade II $200,000 Eddie Read Stakes.

Following New York Racing Club’s Call

Del Mar officials will now follow a similar call that the New York Racing Association made.

Moreover, they are referring to the jockeys at Saratoga Race Course.

This means all local jockeys who leave the track to ride at other venues cannot return to Del Mar.

That is for the remainder of the summer racing season.

A Positive Result

Jockey Umberto Rispoli, who took to Twitter to announce his positive result.

“I have tested positive for COVID-19.

I’m feeling more than well, quarantined, and looking forward to come back stronger than before.

Thank you everyone for the well wishes. Stay everyone safe.” 


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