The track list: Who's resuming horse racing and when?

The track list: Who's resuming horse racing and when?
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Horse racing will ramp back up, albeit behind closed doors, in the next few weeks as restrictions from the coronavirus pandemic begin to ease around the country.

Within the last couple of days, both Churchill Downs and Santa Anita Park announced intentions to start racing beginning in mid-May, and several other tracks have timelines in place for the possible resumption of racing.

However, many do not, mainly the New York Racing Association, which was dealing with multiple COVID-19 cases on the Belmont Park backside, as well as Arlington Park and Prairie Meadows, which were both originally scheduled to open Friday.

Other tracks without a known timetable for racing to resume include Belterra Park, Emerald Downs, Golden Gate Fields and Louisiana Downs.

Below is a look at known potential target dates for tracks where racing has been postponed, or those set to open in the coming weeks:

Canterbury Park

The track announced Thursday its stable area will open May 8. However, indications are racing won't resume until June at the earliest. “We intend to race this summer,” Canterbury Park President Randy Sampson said in a press release.

Charles Town

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced Thursday racing would be able to resume in the state without spectators on May 14. 

Churchill Downs

The stable area is set to open May 11, staggering the entry of horses from Louisiana, Florida and Arkansas as racing resumes May 16. Churchill's stakes schedule is pending.

Laurel Park/Pimlico 

The Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association told its membership this week “it is advised to take the appropriate steps to plan for a possible mid-May resumption of live racing.” 

Lone Star Park

The stable area opens May 4. While state approval is still needed for racing to resume, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is angling to re-open the state’s businesses as soon as possible. 

Monmouth Park

The New Jersey circuit's stable area is scheduled to open June 1 with a goal to restart live racing July 4. The Haskell Invitational (G1) remains on the calendar for July 18.


West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced Thursday racing would be able to resume in the state without spectators on May 14.

Presque Isle Downs

The Pennsylvania HBPA set May 15 as the earliest date stabling areas could reopen toward a June 8 start to racing. If delays occur, both timetables will be pushed back two weeks at a time on a "rolling schedule."

Ruidoso Downs

The New Mexico Racing Commission announced Wednesday the meet, a mix of Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing, would start on schedule May 22 with no spectators allowed.

Santa Anita Park

Track officials have released a condition book planning to resume racing on May 15 given Los Angeles County’s “safer-at-home” directive is lifted as scheduled. The Santa Anita Derby (G1) is reportedly shifting to June 6.


Woodbine CEO Jim Lawson said in his update this week that “we anticipate that we are approximately six weeks away from resuming live racing if the Provincial Declaration of Emergency is lifted.

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