Tag: COVID-19

Umberto Rispoli is one of the top riders in North America. The Italian jockey won't ride in the Saudi Cup due to changing COVID-19 testing protocols. (Image: Hong Kong Jockey Club)

New COVID Protocols Scratch Saudi Cup Jockeys Rispoli, Velazquez

Star jockeys Umberto Rispoli and John Velazquez lost their mounts for Saturday’s $20 million Saudi Cup after Saudi race organizers abruptly changed their COVID-19 testing protocols. That takes Rispoli off Max Player and removes Velazquez from Tacitus. Rispoli had three mounts on the Saudi Cup card, including Cowan in the […]

Several Australian Open warmup events paused play on Thursday after a worker at a hotel where players are quarantining tested positive for COVID-19. (Image: @AustralianOpen/Twitter)

Positive COVID Test at Hotel Pauses Australian Open Tune-Up Tournaments

A worker at a Melbourne hotel tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week, halting play at six different events leading up to next week’s Australian Open. The individual in question works at the Grand Hyatt, one of three Melbourne hotels being used to quarantine players, coaches, and officials for the […]

The NHL has cancelled the next three New Jersey Devils games, as the team has 10 players currently in the COVID-19 protocol. (Image: Jeffrey T. Barnes/AP)

NHL Shorthanded as COVID-19 Issues Plague League, Causes Cancellations

Several teams will miss action this week as the NHL grapples with multiple squads who have players in the league’s COVID-19 protocols. The league cancelled all games for the New Jersey Devils through Saturday, which impacts two games against the Pittsburgh Penguins and another with the New York Rangers. Sabres […]

Aqueduct Racetrack served Queens as more than a sporting institution. It's first floor is now a New York COVID-19 vaccination center. (Image: NYRA)

Aqueduct Racetrack Doubles as State COVID-19 Vaccination Center

Aqueduct Racetrack once played host to a Pope and the only triple dead heat in a stakes race. Now, the New York track plays host to a state-run COVID-19 vaccination distribution center. The New York Racing Association (NYRA) opened Aqueduct’s first floor to state health officials, who began distributing the […]

Golden Gate Fields received the go-ahead to re-open after a COVID-19 epidemic ravaged the track's employees. The Northern California track closed for two months. (Image: Golden Gate Fields)

Golden Gate Fields Gets Go-Ahead to Restart After COVID-19 Outbreak

Golden Gate Fields, shut down in November after a COVID-19 breakout ravaged its workforce, will resume racing Jan. 15, according to track owners, The Stronach Group. That ends a two-month shutdown of the Northern California track imposed when 24 workers initially tested positive for COVID-19. In the wake of that, […]

Oaklawn Park opens its 2021 season allowing an unspecified "limited" amount of spectators inside. (Image: Tom Ferry)

Oaklawn Park Will Allow Limited Spectators Inside for 2021 Meet

Oaklawn Park officials said Wednesday they plan on admitting limited spectators inside the gates for their 2021 meet, keeping in line with an Arkansas Department of Health directive allowing the move. The 57-day Oaklawn meet begins Jan. 22 and runs through May 1. Last year, Oaklawn was one of only […]

USWNT’s Alex Morgan Contracted COVID-19 Over Holiday Break

USWNT’s Alex Morgan Contracted COVID-19 Over Holiday Break

Alex Morgan, perhaps the most recognizable athlete on the US Women’s Soccer team, revealed Tuesday she contracted the COVID-19 virus over the holiday break while spending time with family in California. Morgan, 31, had recently come back to the US from England, where she played striker for Tottenham in the […]

NBA Joins NFL in Decision to Wait Their Turn for COVID-19 Vaccine

NBA Joins NFL in Decision to Wait Their Turn for COVID-19 Vaccine

The NBA gave its franchises and individuals a warning Christmas Eve that nobody in the league could cut in line for the first round of COVID-19 vaccines. In a memo released Thursday afternoon, the league made official their position on the FDA-approved Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which started to be […]

Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson eludes the Cincy Bengals defense, but he could not fade COVID-19. (Image: Nick Wass/AP)

Lamar Jackson Tests Positive for COVID-19, RG3 to Start for Ravens

Lamar Jackson, the reigning MVP from the Baltimore Ravens, tested positive for COVID-19. Jackson is one of nearly a dozen players and staff who contracted coronavirus. Backup QB Robert Griffin III, aka RG3, will start for the Ravens against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. On Wednesday, the NFL postponed the […]

Justin Stein and Starship Jubilee's victory in the Woodbine Mile was one of Woodbine's enduring racing images this year. The Canadian flagship track closed three weeks early due to a provincial government lockdown. (Image: Michael Burns Photo)

Weather, COVID-19 Puts an Early End to Woodbine’s Racing Season

Mere hours after announcing the premature end of its Thoroughbred meet due to provincial COVID-19 restrictions, Woodbine Racetrack abruptly ended its meet on Sunday due to inclement weather rolling through the Province of Ontario. Track officials canceled the last seven races after a storm front brought snow and mixed precipitation […]

Golden Gate Fields' grandstand and turf course remain empty for at least another two weeks after a COVID-19 outbreak spread throughout its backside. (Image: Vassar Photography/Golden Gate Fields)

Golden Gate Fields Extends Closure After COVID-19 Outbreak Worsens

Golden Gate Fields officials extended their closure at least another two weeks after another coronavirus outbreak ravaged the Northern California track’s backstretch workers. According to the Los Angeles Times, at least 100 workers were infected. That’s a four-fold increase from the 24 confirmed COVID-19 cases reported last week when the […]

Tampa Bay Downs plans to allow spectators when its 2020-21 meet opens next week. (Image: Tampa Bay Times)

With Precautions, Tampa Bay Downs Open to Fans for 2020-21 Meet

With new health plans in place, Tampa Bay Downs announced Wednesday it will admit spectators for its 2020-21 winter/spring meet that begins Nov. 25, the day before Thanksgiving. This season is the track’s 95th-anniversary campaign. Headlining that campaign is the 41st Tampa Bay Derby, the track’s marquee event, and a […]

Golden Gate Fields closed down for the second time in seven months Friday after a COVID-19 outbreak ravaged the stable area. (Image: Josh S. Jackson/Flickr)

Golden Gate Fields Shuts Down for Second Time Due to COVID-19

Golden Gate Fields in Northern California abruptly shut down Friday after 24 positive COVID-19 cases were confirmed in the Berkeley track’s stable area. The suspension announcement came 20 minutes before Friday’s first race on Golden Gate Fields’ weekend card. The track announced the closure runs through Friday, Nov. 20. Racing […]