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Covid-19 Stable Protocols

Tampa Bay Downs Covid-19 Stable Protocols

Stable Gate: Only licensed caregivers and support personnel will be allowed on the backside. Temperatures will be taken at all access points of all individuals. No Exceptions – and everyone will be required to wear face masks while on the property.

Trainers will be required to supply face masks for themselves and their employees.


Trainers will be responsible for checking their employees' temperatures and overall health.

It is important to limit human-to-human contact. Consider whether you can limit the number of staff in the barn to essential staff or stagger shifts to ensure that there are as few people as possible in the barn at any one time – while this may not be convenient or how things are usually done, decreasing the number of people in an area is crucial to decrease the spread of this virus.  It is advisable for each trainer to have one or two designated individuals to work with veterinarians, farriers, and other outside individuals to minimize contact with as few of your staff as possible.

Limit the number of individuals allowed in the tack room or office at any one time. Six feet is the minimum recommended distance between people.

If your staff can touch one another with fully extended arms, they are too close.

Consider assigning equipment to specific barn personnel. For example, each hot walker should have their own shank with their name on it.  When stored, it should not be stored with other equipment until it is cleaned and sanitized.  Other examples of equipment that should be limited to being touched by one person or as few people as possible:

• Each horse’s water and feed buckets

• Cross ties/stall ties

• Grooming supplies

• Tack (wipe down bridles or soak them, as well as saddles, girths, etc., before and after use)

• Halters

• Wheelbarrow/shovels/rakes/brooms

Additionally, each of the above should be sprayed, soaked, or wiped daily.

• Doorknobs

• Stall clips/gates

• Barn door handles

• Light switches

• Counters/desks

COVID-19 is easily killed in the environment with most disinfectants – if we use them.

• Lysol spray (or similar)

• Hand sanitizers

•  Diluted nolvasan, povidone-iodine, bleach, or chlorhexidine

• Soap and water (a bucket of soap and water continuously available for hand-washing or rinsing is convenient and effective – but it must be changed regularly if dirt or manure gets into it).

Tampa Bay Downs has placed multiple hand-washing stations throughout the stable area. Trainers are encouraged to set up sanitizing stations for your barn. The easier it is for people to keep things clean and disinfected, the more likely they are to do so.

Tampa Bay Downs requires face masks to be worn while on the property. In addition, all pony people, vets, blacksmiths, dentists etc. and ALL Tampa Bay Downs employees shall where face masks whilst on the grounds.

Only three people will be allowed in the Paddock per horse (including trainer).

Wrist Bands will be handed out day of the race for all in-today personnel.


All jockeys, valets, starting gate crew, outriders, pony people and jocks room employees will need to provide a NEGATIVE COVID test within 5 days prior to entry to the facility. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Jockeys will be required to wear face masks while on horseback with the option to pull down their mask while competing in a race – however, they must replace it immediately after the race before unsaddling.

No new jockeys or employees can enter the jocks room without a negative test.

Jockeys are to remain in their designated areas of the jocks room whilst waiting to be called outside – jockeys and/or valets should never congregate or be any closer than six feet from each other and never more than 10 people in any designated area.

Jockey Agents:

Jocks Agents will not be allowed on the backside and will conduct all business through phone and zoom calls. The Racing Office will supply zoom links to all agents.


Owners will not have backside access, however, they will be able to watch morning workouts on the frontside in designated boxes. Owners will not be allowed in the Paddock or Winner's Circle.

Veterinarians, Farriers, Equine Dentists, etc.:

All Veterinarians, Farriers, Equine Dentists and assistants, etc., must have a NEGATIVE COVID TEST within five days of entering the grounds. NO EXCEPTIONS.

We ask that trainers designate only one person from your barn to interact with veterinarians and farriers to limit the human-to-human exposure.

Please do your best to keep as much distance between you and your veterinarians as possible – for all our safety. We realize that leaving the horse on a loose shank is not going to be possible with every horse – but try to stand on the other side of the horse from the veterinarian and create as much distance as possible.

We recommend that all private veterinarians and farriers consider enforcing similar measures as they move from barn to barn during this time.


All vendors will conduct business telephonically – vendors will not be able to go barn to barn to conduct business. All vendors will be required to have a NEGATIVE COVID TEST within 5 days of entering the grounds. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Exercise Riders and Pony People:

All exercise persons and pony people will need to provide a NEGATIVE COVID TEST within five days of entering the grounds, NO EXCEPTIONS. All pony persons and exercise people will be required to wear face masks while on horseback.

All COVID TEST RESULTS should be sent to and or faxed to 813-261-1832.