What is it that they say on Wall Street, buy the rumor and sell the news?
Well, here it is: The New York Racing Association, in league with the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, has petitioned the New York State Gaming Commission to start the 2020 Belmont spring/summer meet on May 22.
NYRA sent a letter to the NYSGC requesting the reopening and the date, a Friday, would make sense. That day is exactly one week after the state-shutdown extension concludes on May 15 and the start of the Memorial Day weekend.
The horsemen’s group has, or will shortly, send a letter to the Gaming Commission in support of the NYRA request.
HRI has confirmed from a confidential backstretch source that 32 workers have contracted the virus, and not all positives were workers housed in dormitories on the Belmont backstretch.
Thankfully, less than a handful needed to be hospitalized.
The Belmont fatality attributed to COVID-19 several weeks ago was a 63-year-old backstretch worker with pre-existing conditions.