New Sector For Uruguay Horseracing Hopes To Boost Activity

Uruguayan authorities have announced they are supporting a new horse racing sector system with more races and public participation at events.

The National Integrated Turf System (SINT), which comprises four racetracks in Melo, Colonia, Paysandú and Florida, is responsible for a sanitary procedure that will be submitted for approval to the national government.

The Ministry of Public Health’s Committee of Experts will review the protocol and see if it needs to be updated, but the gambling authorities say the procedure will run smoothly as it is.

Gustavo Anselmi, the national regulator’s director general said: “I don’t think there will be major setbacks. They will advise the president and the minister to set a restart date.”

Two of the racetracks, located in Maroñas and Las Piedras, restarted their races back in May and intend to serve as an example to other facilities in the region. We plan to push forward with Phase two of the reactivation process after positive initial results and to involve the public at their races.

“We sent suggestions to modify the protocol, to be analysed by the Monitoring Commission. Basically, the changes include more than 10 races in different racetracks,” said Anselmi.

“Another modification aims for the races to take place at night, with intervals of 35 minutes between each competition. We also want owners to be able to register and access the racecourse, along with a companion.”

The Maroñas and Las Piedras policy requires the use of masks, checking all individuals who have access to the location and other hygiene criteria, such as the use of antibacterial gel.