Horse racing offers desperate gamblers ray of hope amid coronavirus closures
The races must go on.
Horse racing is still on track, even though the coronavirus has forced the pro sports world to cancel everything else.
Gamblers in Florida, California, Arkansas and Oklahoma can play the ponies, even though crowds remain banned at the tracks, according to TMZ.
The races are streamed online, giving gamblers something other than the weather to bet on these game-less days.
Tracks are taking a variety of precautions to ensure the safety of workers and jockeys.
Staffers at Florida’s Tampa Bay Downs and Gulfstream Park have been ordered to wear masks and gloves, while jockeys are being regularly screen by doctors at the track, the website reported. Out-of-state competitors must submit to a 14-day quarantine before entering the park.
“Protocols are in place. It’s best for the horses and the industry to keep going,” riders’ union Jockey’s Guild told TMZ.
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