June 1, 2020
RIVERHEAD RACEWAY CANCELS RACING FOR MONTH OF JUNE DUE TO COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS
Bob Finan PR
Riverhead Raceway owners Eddie & Connie Partridge and Tom Gatz announced Monday morning that due to the continuing Covid-19 worldwide pandemic and subsequent federal and state restrictions put into place by local & state officials they are forced to cancel all racing events for the month of June. In losing events slated for June Riverhead Raceway will have lost 11 on track events to date in 2020.
On the bright side Suffolk County in which Riverhead Raceway is located entered Phase 1 of reopening this past Wednesday May 27th. If there are no setbacks Phase 4 should be attained in mid to late July offering a glimmer of hope for a 2020 race season on Long Island. Tom Gatz noted he is starting to piece together an amended 2020 schedule in the event all goes well during the various phases of reopening in Suffolk County. Track GM John Ellwood proclaimed the facility is ready for racing if and when the restrictions are lifted or Phase 4 of reopening is reached.
The official track statement reads, "Due to Federal and Local regulations regarding the Covid-19 virus, Riverhead Raceway regrets to announce that all events in the month of June have been canceled. We will continue to monitor regulations set forth by the state and we will be ready to race when those regulations change and allow us. All of us at Riverhead Raceway are hoping that you and yours are staying safe and home during this worldwide pandemic."
Riverhead Raceway is located 77 miles east of New York City and was considered by many experts to be the epicenter of the Covid-19 outbreak in the United States.