Dozens of people could lose their jobs if Santa Anita continues without racing fixtures for a significant amount of time, an organisation has warned.

Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) predict many will be left without work, unless an agreement can be reached to restart the sport promptly at the venue.

Meetings were stopped by the Los Angeles County Health Department on March 28 to try and help prevent the spread of coronavirus, just hours before a three-day fixture.

The TOC are working with the Stronach Group, which owns Santa Anita and the local trainers' association to persuade the authorities to make a u-turn.

"The continuation of live racing does not present a health risk to the 1,000 plus workers on the backstretch who live in dormitories and must be at the track to support the training of 1,700 horses every day," a statement on the TOC website said.

"The revenue generated from continued live racing at Santa Anita is critical for the thoroughbred ecosystem to keep these backstretch workers employed.

"If there is a prolonged period of no racing many of these jobs will certainly be eliminated and up to 1,000 people could be added to the current LA homeless problem."

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"What we are seeking is not extreme or without precedent.

"All other counties in California where live racing is conducted have accepted these arguments and are allowing live racing to continue under the strict safety precautions that we also have at Santa Anita."

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Santa Anita Park raced without the public in attendance from March 14, with admission restricted to horsemen, officials and certain track staff.

Racing continues at Golden Gate Fields with no spectators, a course based near San Francisco.

The sport is not due to resume in the UK until May 1 at the earliest.