Horse Racing at Golden Gate Fields Deemed Non-Essential

The District Attorney’s Office received a complaint from a concerned citizen on April 1, 2020 who informed us that horse racing was continuing at Golden Gate Fields in Albany, CA. The DA’s Office informed the County Public Health Officer Dr. Erica Pan, who determined that horse races operations are non-essential and that it was impossible to maintain proper social distancing during the race.

Inspectors from DA’s Office delivered the message by phone to David Duggan, General Manager of Golden Gate Fields. He was extremely cooperative and immediately responsive to the Public Health Officer’s order. He indicated racing would cease immediately.

“The District Attorney’s Office is working alongside all county partners to keep our communities safe and to flatten the curve,” states DA Nancy O’Malley. “It is vital that every one of us – businesses and individuals alike – practice social distancing and, whenever possible, stay at home. This is how we will save lives.”

Today’s races were immediately cancelled, as are future races scheduled during the current “Shelter in Place”.

The Public Health Officer indicated that Minimum Business Operations could continue, including exercise and care of the horses on their property.

Posted on Apr 2, 2020