Now, as silly as this may seem, it does have potentially severe implications, not only for the local economy, but even maybe nationally.
Obviously, with two of the tracks being closed (there is apparently racing at one), the track employees are on at least short-term lay-off, with no income. Additionally, there is no wagering taking place, and no racegoers heading out for a cold one after the races, affecting the surrounding communities.
Should the virus manage to spread outside the quarantined area, additional tracks could be forced to close, further extending the economic impact.
To put this in some sort of perspective, in 2005, the State of Ohio brought in $14.3 million in tax revenues, on total wagering of $474 million. And that's just Ohio.
Some other fast figures:
- Washington (state) had total wagers of $1.774 billion
- The Breeders Cup brought in $115 million for their seven-race card
- Keeneland Race Track in Lexington, KY, did $12,733,860 in one day
That's some serious buckage potentially at risk.