Unexpected heavy rains forced the New York Racing Association to cancel the final six races at Belmont Park June 17 to ensure the safety of all participants.
With more than five inches of rain, local flooding, and high winds in the forecast for the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, Santa Anita Park officials announced Feb. 16 that the eight-race card for Feb. 17 has been cancelled.
With as much as three inches of rain expected to hit Southern California Jan. 22, Santa Anita Park was forced to cancel its eight-race Sunday card.
A major winter weather system that brought freezing rain, snow, and icy conditions Jan. 7-8, led Portland Meadows track officials and horsemen to cancel racing for Jan. 9.
Winter conditions including snow, sleet, and freezing rain forced the cancellation of the nine-race live program at Laurel Park Dec. 17.
For the second night in a row, live racing at Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J., was cancelled Saturday, Oct. 1, as a result of rain in the New York metropolitan area.
With heavy rain hitting East Rutherford, N.J. throughout the day, the Meadowlands has cancelled live racing for Sept. 30.
Racing at Ruidoso Downs was canceled Aug. 6 following a torrential downpour with hail that hit the track several minutes before horses were set to come on to the track for the first race. The heavy rain lasted about 30 minutes.
An excessive heat warning from the National Weather Service led Parx Racing to cancel its July 25 live racing program.
Due to extreme temperatures and a heat index exceeding 110 degrees forecast for the evening, Canterbury Park has canceled live racing for July 21, its next scheduled racing program.
Heavy rain the morning of July 4 led Ellis Park to cancel its live racing program for the Monday holiday.
Weather played havoc with Churchill Downs’ twilight card of June 23, with the first race delayed and then the final race cancelled after severe thunderstorms moved through the Louisville, Ky., area.
Ongoing issues with track resurfacing and inclement weather have forced Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Racing to cancel racing May 13-14.
Live racing at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races on both May 6 and May 7 has been cancelled because of unforeseen circumstances with scheduled track resurfacing following the Charles Town Classic (gr. II).
Wet weather that has hindered preparation of horses to race has led Hastings Racecourse to scrap its April 23 program and instead offer a 10-race card April 24.
As the rain subsided at Santa Anita Park March 11 following a short but heavy rainstorm, track officials announced the final three races of the Friday card would be canceled.
Oaklawn Park's management canceled its nine-race card scheduled for March 10 after more than five inches of rain left the track too saturated for racing.
For the second consecutive day, racing at Aqueduct Racetrack was canceled Feb. 14 due to extreme winter weather conditions including high winds and sub-zero wind chills.
With single-digit temperatures expected during racing hours, Turfway Park canceled live racing for Feb. 13, and New York's Aqueduct Racetrack also canceled the day's card, citing high winds and sub-zero wind chills.
With cold weather and high winds forecast for the Austintown, Ohio area, Mahoning Valley Race Course has cancelled its live racing program scheduled for Feb. 13.
With a winter storm blowing through the Northeast and one to three inches of snowfall forecast, Aqueduct Racetrack canceled live racing for Friday, Feb. 5.
Citing "the prolonged impact of the extreme winter weather that moved through the area this past week," Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races' Jan. 29-30 live racing programs have been recheduled for Feb. 2-3.
Citing the continued impact of the extreme winter weather that moved through West Virginia's eastern panhandle last weekend, Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races has canceled live racing for Thursday, Jan. 28.
Several tracks canceled live racing, and full-card simulcasts were suspended, because of a tote issue Jan. 26.
Laurel Park has canceled its live racing program for Jan. 25, but not because of the about 30 inches of snow that fell on the racing surface over the weekend.
Due to the residual impact of a winter story, full-card simulcast operations at Aqueduct Racetrack, as well as Monmouth Park and its two off-track betting parlors, Jan. 24.
Due to severe winter weather, the New York Racing Association cancelled racing and simulcasting at Aqueduct Jan. 23 and will not race Jan. 24, although the track is expected to be open for simulcasting Jan. 24.
Due to anticipated extreme winter weather, Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races has canceled live racing for Friday and Saturday, Jan. 22-23. Other tracks have canceled at least Friday.
Churchill Downs officials have cancelled simulcast wagering and will close their offices Friday, Jan. 22 because of a looming winter storm that could produce 5 to 9 inches of snow in the Louisville area.
Due to an impending winter storm, Laurel Park announced it has canceled live racing Jan. 23-24 but will offer live racing Jan. 22.
Due to the forecast of high winds, and out of an abundance of caution for the horses and jockeys, the New York Racing Association canceled live racing at Aqueduct Racetrack for Jan. 18.
Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races has cancelled live racing for Thursday, Jan. 14 as personnel continue to repair a drainage leak under the track apron that created a hole on the outside rail of the track on Saturday.
The last two races on the Jan. 10 card at Aqueduct Racetrack, races 8 and 9, were canceled because heavy fog and resulting weather-related safety concerns.
Due to freezing temperatures and a review of track conditions, Portland Meadows has canceled live racing for Tuesday, Jan. 5.
Due to freezing rain and snow, Portland Meadows in Oregon canceled its Jan. 4 live racing program. Management will monitor conditions regarding the live card scheduled for Jan. 5.
The 2015-16 meet at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino got off to a good start, but it was sidetracked Dec. 27 when live racing was canceled because of a winter storm that dumped more than nine inches of snow on the area.
Citing dangerous wind conditions, Hawthorne Race Course canceled live racing for Nov. 18.
With heavy rain hitting East Rutherford, N.J. in early afternoon, the Meadowlands Racetrack canceled live racing for Friday, Oct. 9.
Laurel Park was forced to cancel its opening-day summer meet program July 3 due to a water main break in Anne Arundel County affecting 40,000 homes and businesses.
Presque Isle Downs & Casino and the local horsemen's group have called in state officials to offer guidance on how to control deer that have run onto the track during races.
The final eight races at Lone Star Park April 24 were cancelled, including the $200,000 Texas Mile (gr. III), because of inclement weather that led to unsafe track conditions.
For the second consecutive night, part of the night race card at Lone Star Park was canceled due to a line of thunderstorms that moved through the Dallas, Texas, area April 18.
As a heavy deluge of rain hit Keeneland and the Lexington area April 3, racetrack officials called off the last four races on the opening-day card.
Live racing was canceled for the evening of March 20 at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course as the Mid-Atlantic region was hit with six new inches of snow.
"This action is being undertaken in a prudent and a proactive step to prevent the loss of two days of racing, and to prepare the track for Saturday's inaugural Claiming Championships," read a release.
Laurel Park in Maryland and Parx Racing in Pennsylvania canceled their live racing programs March 8 because of continued weather-related issues.
Four tracks in the Mid-Atlantic region have canceled live racing for March 7 because of the continued impact from a winter storm.
Aqueduct Racetrack has canceled racing March 6 due to the impact of winter weather on the racing surface and aggressive efforts to get the track ready for the March 7 program highlighted by the $400,000 Gotham Stakes.
- By BloodHorse Staff
- Thoroughbred Racing, Handicapping, Northeast Region, Midwest Region, Southwest Region, Kentucky, Mid-Atlantic Region
Because of severe winter weather conditions, or expected winter weather, racing for March 5 has been canceled at Aqueduct Racetrack, Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, and Oaklawn Park.
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