Operators will hold seven of the usual 14 races this month
The famous racetrack Hipódromoe San Isidro in Buenos Aires, Argentina is planning to reopen soon. The operators are looking to hold seven of the usual 14 races this month.
Horse racing went to a halt in Buenos Aires in March as in most places around the world amid the lockdowns. The capital’s casinos and bingo halls have not reopened yet but lotteries are looking to relaunch this week.
Gustavo Posse, Mayor of Buenos Aires city San Isidro, said “I just visited the track, I met the authorities and the horses are ready to run tomorrow. We know that there’s good will for the activity to return, it’s just that a meeting with the provincial regulator Institute of Lottery and Casinos of Buenos Aires (IPLyC) and representatives of the sector was delayed. We wanted to present the security protocols and obtain the authorisation.”
Trainers have been able to work with their horses throughout lockdown, but under strict security measures, which includes the use of masks.
Posse added: “It’s not a contact sport, no one else is on the track besides the horse, the caretaker and the jockey,” the Mayor added. “It’s all designed so that there’s no contact. In order to access the tracks, people need to wash car wheels, check temperature levels, among other things. We are not behind in salary payments, but we know that the Jockey Club is experiencing financial difficulties.”