Delaware Park has canceled its June 30 live racing card due to the heat wave that is expected to hit the East Coast this weekend.
"Racing in such weather would potentially place the health of the horses and riders at risk," Dr. John Peters, chief commission veterinarian for the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission, told the Daily Racing Form.
The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for the Wilmington area from noon, June 29 until 8 p.m., July 1. Temperatures of more than 96 degrees are predicted for June 30 with a heat index of around 100 degrees.
The June 30 feature race, the $50,000 White Clay Creek Stakes for 2-year-old fillies, has been rescheduled for the July 4 program. Entries for that stakes will be taken June 30.
Live racing is scheduled to resume July 2.