Storm Knocks Out Power at Belmont Park

A thunderstorm knocked out the power at Belmont Park June 22, forcing a cancellation of live racing at the New York track following the fourth race.

Temperatures reached 96 degrees Friday in Elmont, NY, with scattered thunderstorms. Storms were expected to continue during the evening hours, according to The Weather Channel, with a cool-down anticipated for the weekend.

The power outage at Belmont came a day after the track canceled its entire June 21 racing card due to sweltering heat.

Simulcasting at Aqueduct Racetrack and the Belmont Café will continue as scheduled.

Customers that bet the Pick 6 that started in the fourth race will be refunded. Daily Doubles and Pick 3 and Pick 4 wagers will be paid out based on the contested legs, with the canceled legs considered "all wins" on those tickets, the track said.

Belmont Park is scheduled to run an 11-race card June 23 highlighted by the $300,000 Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I). Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Believe You Can is expected to face Acorn Stakes (gr. I) winner Contested.

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