Mike Moon
Horse racing correspondent
3 minute read
1 Apr 2020
6:38 pm

Santa Anita fights back in the name of racing

Mike Moon

Horse racing has held up much better than any other sport in the time of coronavirus.

Sha Tin Racecourse is one of the two racecourses for horse racing in Hong Kong. It is located in Sha Tin in the New Territories. It is managed by Hong Kong Jockey Club. Picture: iStock

Action has continued in the powerful racing jurisdictions of Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the US – all behind closed doors with only essential workers present. But the strains of keeping the flag flying are beginning to show – notably with California’s Santa Anita racecourse being forced to shut down by local authorities this week. The Los Angeles County Health Department dropped the axe just hours before the start of a three-day meeting at the famous venue that is sometimes described as the best racetrack in the world. Only a skeleton team of carers was allowed to stay on...