New York to reopen auto, horse racing tracks without fans

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York’s Watkins Glen International auto race circuit and several horse racing tracks in the state can reopen without fans from June 1, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Saturday. FILE PHOTO: Aug 4, 2019; Watkins Glen, NY, USA; Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson (42) leads the field during a re-start during the GoBowling at The Glen at Watkins Glen International. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports/File PhotoNASCAR, which returns from a two-month, novel coronavirus-enforced hiatus on Sunday for a fanless event in South Carolina, had previously scheduled a Cup Series race at Watkins Glen for August. The New York Racing Association (NYRA), which operates three major horse racing tracks, including Belmont Park, the home of the third and final leg of the Triple Crown, applauded the move. “This is a reasoned and responsible decision by Governor Cuomo that will enable horse racing to resume in a way that prioritizes health and safety,” said NYRA CEO and President Dave O’Rourke. Last month the NYRA postponed Belmont Park’s spring and summer season but had not yet made a decision on the running of the Belmont Stakes, which was set for June 6.

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