Tag: COVID-19

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 […]

Alabama coach Nick Saban, who was infected with COVID-19 in October, will not lead his Crimson Tide into battle vs. LSU this weekend because of the pandemic. (Image: Getty)

Alabama-LSU and Texas A&M-Tennessee Postponed as COVID Hits SEC Hard

The 14th and 15th NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision games to be postponed or canceled in November also happen to be the season’s most significant. They come as the SEC faces a history-making weekend of missed kickoffs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Defending national champion LSU versus No. 1 […]

The NBA is considering a Christmas Day start for the 2020-21 season, though some teams reportedly find that timeline too ambitious. (Image: Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty)

NBA Could Start 2020-21 Season on Christmas Day, with or Without Fans

Christmas has long served as a showcase date for the NBA — a day when the league’s most popular teams could face off in marquee matchups for fans to watch after opening presents. But this year, the league might earmark Christmas for an even bigger purpose: opening day. ESPN reported […]

The scene for the 2021 Pegasus World Cup day won't be as crowded as it was in 2018. But Gulfstream Park will allow fans inside for its Championship Meet that begins Dec. 2. (Image: John McCall/South Florida Sun Sentinel)

Gulfstream Park Will Allow Limited Fans Inside for Championship Meet

Gulfstream Park announced Monday it will allow fans inside for its Championship Meet, which begins Dec. 2 at the South Florida track north of Miami. Bill Badgett, the executive director of Florida racing for track owner The Stronach Group, told Thoroughbred Daily News Gulfstream Park will cap attendance at 50% […]

Many oddsmakers around the world shut down their presidential betting markets in the wake of news that President Trump had tested positive for COVID-19. (Image: Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

Trump COVID-19 Announcement Rocks Presidential Betting Markets

Donald Trump’s positive COVID-19 test has thrown a new degree of uncertainty into the US presidential election – enough so that bookmakers around the world no longer feel confident offering odds on the contest. President Trump announced that he had tested positive in the early hours of Friday morning. Oddsmakers: […]

Irad Ortiz Jr. ranked No. 1 in North American jockey wins the last three years and earnings the last two. He became the latest prominent jockey testing positive for COVID-19. (Image: Gregory Bull/AP)

Top Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. Latest Rider Testing Positive for COVID-19

Two-time Eclipse Award-winning jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. became the latest high-profile jockey testing positive for COVID-19. As a result, Ortiz goes back on the shelf for at least 10 days. The Daily Racing Form reported that Ortiz took the test Monday at his current Saratoga Springs, New York, residence. His […]

Jockeys hoping to experience the rush of a Preakness stretch run must undergo COVID-19 testing in Maryland no later than 72 hours before their first race Preakness weekend. (Image: Pimlico Race Course)

Preakness Jockeys Subject to Drive-Up COVID-19 Tests, Other Protocols

Maryland Jockey Club officials announced Friday that jockeys riding Preakness weekend at Pimlico Race Course must undergo COVID-19 testing 72 hours prior to their first mount. That’s one of numerous safety protocols MJC officials instituted for Preakness weekend, which begins Thursday, Oct. 1, and culminates with the 145th Preakness Stakes […]