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  /  Backstretch Buzz   /  Attention Horsemen:

Attention Horsemen:

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Attention Parx Horsemen:

As most of you know, one of our Jockeys tested positive last week for Covid-19. These are the facts regarding current procedures:

1. Previously established Parx protocols have been put in place. A stop has been put in place at the gate for all Jockeys and Agents (Parx has 31 regular jockeys ) until they produce a Negative Covid test. As of this date, 21 Parx Jockeys have done so.

2. As long as we continue following strict protocols regarding wearing masks, social distancing, hand washing and selected Covid -19 testing, Joe Wilson believes there is no reason to stop training or racing.
Again, Joe Wilson and the PTHA Board ask for the horsemen’s full cooperation- which we expect 100%.


Michael Ballezzi, Executive Director, PTHA