24 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Linked To Golden Gate Stables Since Oct. 30; Racing Cancelled Through Nov. 20

With the utmost regard for the safety and well-being of 1/ST Racing employees, those working on the backstretch and the community at large, and in following the best guidance from local health authorities, Golden Gate Fields in Northern California will temporarily pause live racing effective noon Friday, Nov. 13 through to Nov. 20.

Since the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Golden Gate Fields has implemented stringent health and safety measures including strict social distancing and masking policies and regular COVID-19 testing with isolation requirements for any positive cases or identified close contacts.

Since Oct. 30, there have been 24 confirmed cases linked to the Berkeley stable area. All positive cases are overseen by the Berkeley Public Health Division (BPHD) through their case managers, are required to isolate as per BPHD protocols and are not able to return to Golden Gate Fields until health clearance has been provided by BPHD.

During the period of temporary closure, track facilities will undergo thorough cleaning and track-wide COVID-19 testing will be performed for all employees and backstretch workers in the stable area. Upon completion of testing all data will be shared with the BPHD.

The 1,300 horses stabled onsite will continue to receive the daily care and exercise they require.

Golden Gate Fields will continue to monitor the situation in collaboration with the BPHD and will look forward to resuming live racing as soon as possible.

California horsemen were notified by the Santa Anita racing office that anyone from Golden Gate will be required to provide a negative COVID test before gaining access to the grounds at Santa Anita or San Luis Rey Downs training center.  Del Mar, which is racing through Nov. 29, will continue a policy adopted on Nov. 4 that requires any horse vanning to the San Diego area track from Golden Gate be stabled with a Del Mar trainer and cared for by that trainer’s staff. No personnel from Golden Gate are permitted to travel inside the stable gate with the horses.

A statement from Thoroughbred Owners of California said Golden Gate was ordered by the city of Berkeley to limit on-site attendance to essential personnel only during training hours and, when its resumes, racing. As a result, owners will not be permitted at Golden Gate until further notice.

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