Churchill Will Require Kentucky Derby Jockeys To Arrive In State By Aug. 31

Churchill Downs distributed Friday a document of COVID-19 protocols for jockeys planning to ride Kentucky Derby week, according to the Thoroughbred Daily News. The track had floated a date of Aug. 24 for those jockeys to arrive in Kentucky, but the final call is that any jockey riding at Churchill from Sept. 1 through 5 arrive in the state by Aug. 31.

Jockeys must declare their intentions to ride at Churchill that week via email by Aug. 18, and out-of-state riders must take a “CDC gold standard RT-PCR COVID-19 nasopharyngeal test” on Aug. 24.

Jockeys will take another test at Churchill on Aug. 31, and a third on the morning of Sept. 3.

Out-of-state jockeys will be sequestered in auxiliary quarters, and only Kentucky-based riders will be allowed in the main jockey’s quarters. Additionally, all jockey’s room personnel will be required to undergo the same testing.

Read more at the Thoroughbred Daily News.

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