Kentucky Governor Hints An Announcement On Kentucky Racing Could Come Wednesday

In his daily address to Kentuckians on Tuesday evening, Gov. Andy Beshear hinted that an announcement regarding the reopening of Churchill Downs could come as early as Wednesday.

Beshear did not provide specifics as to dates for such a reopening, or elaborate on whether that would be the reopening of the track’s backstretch or the resumption of live racing.

“We’re close. They have submitted very detailed proposals,” said Beshear, who characterized the track as being “very willing to work with us.”

Beshear and state health officials have indicated for the past several days that they believe Kentucky’s COVID-19 positives have plateaued, and they are looking at new testing numbers daily to determine when the state can be considered to be in the decline of the outbreak. Beshear has said he will follow the guidelines put out by the federal government about how to safely and gradually reopen businesses. Heath officials at various government levels have repeatedly told the public that reopening too quickly or without sufficient precautions could trigger a second spike in COVID-19 cases and deaths.

Keeneland announced the cancellation of its spring meet March 16, and Churchill Downs pushed back the Kentucky Derby on the following day. So far, COVID-19 positives have been reported at Turfway Park in Northern Kentucky, where horses remain in training, and at The Thoroughbred Center in Lexington, Ky.

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