Weather conditions forced five tracks -- Turfway Park, Hawthorne Race Course, Mountaineer Park, Charles Town, and Penn National Race Course -- to cancel racing again on Friday. Friday's cancellation marks the seventh time in just over a week Turfway has canceled racing due to weather and Hawthorne's fifth such cancellation. Charles Town, Mountaineer and Penn National each have lost all or part of three cards recently.
As of 11:00 a.m. (EST) Friday, the temperature in Florence, Ky., where Turfway is located, was 4 degrees with a wind chill factor of minus 13. The expected high for Friday is 11 degrees. The forecast for Saturday, when racing at Turfway is scheduled to resume, calls for scattered snow showers and a high of 27.
As for Hawthorne, Friday morning temperature readings in Cicero, Ill. registered zero degrees, with a wind chill factor on minus 24. Saturday's forecast calls for snow and a high of 23.