Thayer: ‘The Governor Ought To Back Off A Little Bit And Let Our Signature Industry Get Back To Business’

Kentucky State Senate majority leader Damon Thayer spoke out against Gov. Andy’s Beshear’s stance on horse racing this Tuesday, according to the Courier-Journal.

“The Governor ought to back off a little bit and let our signature industry get back to business,” Sen. Thayer (R-District 17) told the Courier-Journal. “I think the tracks can work with the racing commission to get this done and get it done right.”

On April 3, Beshear said the coronavirus pandemic needs to slow down before he would even consider allowing spectatorless racing to resume in the state of Kentucky.

Live racing in Kentucky has been halted since Turfway was shut down on March 25, and Keeneland cancelled its April meeting. Churchill Downs currently plans to open the backside on April 28, but that date has been delayed twice already.

Meanwhile, other states, including Florida and Arkansas, have allowed horse racing to continue without spectators for the past several weeks. Racetracks there have operated under strict health and safety protocols, which Thayer suggested could be implemented in Kentucky.

Read more at the Courier-Journal.

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