Horse racing will continue without fans or media in attendance at Santa Anita Park during the worsening coronavirus pandemic, track officials said Friday.

The track closed to public March 12, but has still been running races and taking bets.

“Having consulted with our governmental and industry partners, horses at Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields are continuing to exercise and race,” according to a statement Friday from the Stronach Group, which owns Santa Anita and other tracks across the country.

” … All profits from racing will go to a charity or multiple charities supporting CoronaVirus relief efforts in the community,” the statement continued.

Aidan Butler, acting executive director of California Operations for the company, said last week that the races were being conducted with “the personnel necessary to ensure the safety of the horses and the integrity of the sport.”

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