Yonkers Cancels Tuesday Card After Horsemen’s Representative Dies From Coronavirus

Yonkers Raceway has canceled live harness racing on Tuesday, reports the Thoroughbred Daily News, after the tracks’ Standardbred Owners Association representative John Brennan passed away due to the Coronavirus. John Brennan, 69, a USTA director for 23 years and chairman of District 12, is the first reported victim of coronavirus in New Jersey.

According to Dave Briggs on the Harness Racing Update Facebook page, the coronavirus “exasperated existing health problems” for Brennan.

A native of Rockaway Beach, N.Y., Brennan finished school in 1968 and worked as a steamfitter for four years before he began his career in harness racing in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. He trained horses for more than 40 years, racing stables in New York and New Jersey. He won the 1995 Merrie Annabelle with Missy Will Do It and was part-owner and trainer of Sugar Trader, winner of the 2003 Yonkers Trot and runner-up in the 2003 Hambletonian.

Brennan was on the board of the SOA of New York for more than 30 years and an HHI delegate for more than 20 years.

Joe Faraldo, president of the SOA of New York, said that Yonkers canceled Tuesday’s racing out of an “abundance of caution,” according to Harness Racing Update, and that track officials hope to reopen on Thursday after sanitizing the track.

The HRU also reported that Faraldo has a fever and doctors are concerned he may have contracted the coronavirus “due to exposure at Yonkers or directly from ‘his right hand man’ Brennan.”

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