Inclement Weather Halts Live Races

Inclement Weather Halts Live Races
Photo: Jimmy McCue
Snow has caused the cancellation of racing at several tracks this week.
By Karen M. Johnson
and Blood-Horse Staff


Aqueduct canceled its Feb. 13 racing card due to adverse weather conditions after the wintry mix that hit the area the night before turned to heavy rain. The track remained open for simulcasting.

The nine-race card was the last scheduled under New York Racing Association’s short-term extension to conduct racing through Feb. 13.

On Feb. 13, the racing office was taking entries for the Feb. 15 card, according to an official in that department. Seven of the nine races were to be brought back for Feb. 15. The Feb. 14 card was drawn on Feb. 10. A deal between the New York Racing Association and the state to enter in a long-term agreement to run the franchise was near completed and could be announced the afternoon of Feb. 13.

Also impacted by the winter storm in the Northeast was another delay in the start of the 2008 live Thoroughbred racing season at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course.

Racing was scheduled to begin in conjunction with the opening of the new $310 million Hollywood Casino at Tuesday, but snow forced that cancellation, and an overnight storm that dropped a layer of ice nearly an inch thick in some local areas, was the culprit for Wednesday evening’s program.

“Everyone is really anxious to get live racing started but the weather is throwing us curveballs,” said Rob Marella, director of racing operations. “The forecast is for the precipitation to stop later today and for sunshine tomorrow, so we are looking for a Valentines Day celebration with added meaning this year.”

Also canceling live racing Wednesday due to inclement weather were Beulah Park in Grove City, Ohio, and Charles Town in West Virginia.

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