Saratoga, Belmont, Breeders' Cup to operate at 100% capacity

Saratoga, Belmont, Breeders' Cup to operate at 100% capacity
Photo: Bob Mayberger/Eclipse Sportswire

Saratoga Race Course will operate at 100 percent capacity for its summer meet, Belmont Park is bumping up next week, and the Breeders' Cup Championships at Del Mar will be able to have a full house.

Saratoga's announcement comes a day after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the immediate removal of COVID protocols and restrictions for nearly all activities and industries, including outdoor sports and entertainment venues.

Saratoga also is ending the requirement of proof of vaccination to buy season admission passes.

Non-vaccinated individuals will be required to wear a facial covering while at Saratoga, in accordance with CDC guidance.

Saratoga also will reopen the Whitney Viewing Stand at the Oklahoma Training Track to the public, beginning Saturday, June 26. Prior to the opening of the summer meet on July 15, the Whitney Viewing Stand will be open on Saturdays and Sundays from 7-10 a.m.

Licensed owners no longer will be required to show proof of vaccination when entering the Saratoga property. Beginning next Thursday, family members and guests will be permitted to accompany licensed owners to view morning training and visit the barn area.

Belmont will reopen fully next Thursday.

The Breeders' Cup news comes after Del Mar recently announced plans to conduct its 2021 summer race meet at 100 percent of seated capacity for fans in accordance with public health guidelines in Southern California. The championships will be held on Nov. 5 and 6.

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