Report: Colonial Downs cancels racing cards due to COVID-19

Report: Colonial Downs cancels racing cards due to COVID-19
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According to a report from the Daily Racing Form, Colonial Downs has cancelled Tuesday and Wednesday cards after jockey Trevor McCarthy tested positive for COVID-19.

The track has been hamstrung thus far in 2020, having already suffered cancelations due to extreme heat and a tropical storm both impacting Virginia.

According to the report, McCarthy was feeling sick Saturday night, according to his agent Scott Silver, and did not race on Sunday or Monday. He attempted to get a COVID-19 test on Monday, but was unable to, but was successful in getting tested on Tuesday, resulting in the positive test.

Colonial Downs officials later released a statement:

Colonial Downs Group puts the health and safety of our team, partners and visitors as our top priority. We established thorough protocols prior to the 2020 racing season to address any issues that may arise from the coronavirus pandemic. An out-of-state jockey, who was at the track one week ago, has informed us that he today tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, and in an abundance of caution, Colonial Downs is cancelling racing today, August 11, and tomorrow, August 12. We are coordinating our effort with the local health department and have notified all participating parties. We are working with the Virginia Racing stakeholders on replacement dates and to determine when we can resume our normal schedule. 

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