The 54th running of The Adios at the Meadows Racetrack & Casino Saturday will be like no other for western Pennsylvania’s signature racing event, and it’s part of the new normal for the state’s horse industry.
When nine of the East Coast’s top 3-year-old standardbred colts cross the finish line of the Washington County track shortly after 4 p.m., there will be only invited guests cheering instead of thousands of race fans in the grandstand and on the apron.
The racebook area will be closed, taking no bets on the day of the $375,000 race.
Even inside the Washington County casino, which has large windows overlooking the track from restaurants and a concourse, no one will be watching other than on televisions. Temporary curtains will be hung on the windows to discourage crowds from gathering to watch.
The changes are all part of the COVID-19 era, which threw Pennsylvania’s six racetracks off stride for three to four months. Presque Isle Downs & Casino was the last of them to return to racing Monday.
Original source credited to Penn Bets