The Maryland Jockey Club sought clarification of Hogan’s order and had planned to hold live races again this weekend while further limiting attendance to essential racing personnel licensed by the Maryland Racing Commission.
On Thursday, Hogan announced new restrictions aimed at preventing the spread of the coronavirus. He ordered the closure of enclosed shopping malls and entertainment venues, restricted access to Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport and prohibited gatherings of more than 10 people.
Friday’s announcement that live racing in Maryland is suspended until further notice came hours before a 10-race card was scheduled to begin at Laurel Park. Live horse racing was suspended at New York’s Aqueduct Racetrack on Thursday after a track worker tested positive for the coronavirus.
After Churchill Downs announced Tuesday that it will move the Kentucky Derby from its traditional date on the first Saturday in May to Sept. 5, Hogan said the Preakness Stakes, which was scheduled for May 16 in Baltimore, probably will be moved to a date in September.