Churchill Downs announced record attendance of 164,858 for the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) program.
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If the long-range forecast is correct, rain on May 6 for the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) will clear out and make way for a sunny Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) the following day.
High winds, with gusts reported between 45-55 miles per hour, forced the cancelation of live racing on Monday, Feb. 14, at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course.
Weather and track conditions are forcing cancellations at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course and Parx Racing, two Pennsylvania racetracks.
Sam Houston Race Park in Texas has canceled live night racing for Friday, Feb. 4, due to inclement winter weather.
Efforts by Oaklawn Park to resume live racing were dealt a setback by more snow in Arkansas on the morning of Feb. 4 and the tack has canceled racing for Feb. 5-6.
Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., announced it has canceled its Thursday, Feb. 3, live racing program because of weather, but will remain open for simulcast racing and gaming.
An effort by Laurel Park to resume racing after two days of cancelations ended after the second race Friday, Jan. 28, due to unsafe track conditions.
Another winter storm has resulted in cancelation of live racing Thursday, Jan. 27, at Aqueduct in New York and Laurel Park in Maryland.
Another snowstorm scheduled to hit the Northeast Jan. 26 has prompted the New York Racing Association to accelerate post times for live racing at Aqueduct. Meanwhile, Laurel Park and Charles Town canceled live racing.
Aqueduct and Penn National canceled live racing for Jan. 21 because of a snowstorm moving through the Northeast.
Citing a developing winter storm, Turfway Park in Florence, Ky., and Oaklawn Park in Arkansas have canceled live racing for Thursday, Jan. 20.
Citing "lingering effects" from a six-inch snowfall last weekend and bitterly cold temperatures that have kept the track closed for training all week, Oaklawn Park has cancelled the Jan. 14 opening day of the 2011 meet.
A winter storm dumped about five inches of snow on Hot Springs, Ark., and forced the cancellation of training at Oaklawn Park Jan. 10, but improving conditions should produce temperatures in the 40s by opening day Jan. 14.
Portland Meadows in Oregon canceled live racing for Jan. 3-4 because of freezing temperatures in the area.
The first day of racing on Aqueduct's inner track that ushers in the winter meet has been delayed after the New York Racing Association announced live racing would be canceled Wednesday, Dec. 1.
Sub-freezing temperatures and the resulting track condition led Portland Meadows to cancel live racing for Nov. 23.
The weather forecast for Nov. 5, first day of the Breeders' Cup World Championships, got a bit more interesting with predictions of rain and snow showers from late in the evening of Nov. 4 through noon the following day.
Heavy rain and high winds from a storm moving up the East Coast led Belmont Park in New York to cancel live racing and full-card simulcasts for Sept. 30.
With a predicted temperature of 100 degrees and a slightly higher heat index, racetracks in the Northeast canceled or curtailed live racing programs.
The weather forecast for Preakness day looks good with sunshine and a high temperature in the mid- to upper 70s.
Pimlico Race Course could be hit by thunderstorms the afternoon and evening of May 14, but the forecast calls for dry, pleasant conditions for the May 15 Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
Despite inch upon inch of rain and a weather forecast that could have chased away patrons, the May 1 Derby more than held its own. Handle was up across the board.
As predicted, there was rain and no training at Churchill Downs on the morning of May 1, hours before the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Aqueduct has canceled live racing for March 13 because of rain and wind. The Cicada Stakes (gr. III) has been rescheduled for March 20.
Two major snowstorms in less than a week led Charles Town Races & Slots to cancel live racing through Feb. 14.
Citing frigid temperatures and high winds, the New York Racing Association cancelled live racing at Aqueduct for Sunday, Jan. 3.
A large winter storm sweeping across the country producing snow and high winds has caused several tracks to cancel their race cards for Dec. 9.
Great weather is expected for the Breeders' Cup World Championships, which will air on ESPN2 Nov. 6, and ABC and ESPN on Nov. 7.
Monmouth Park canceled its live racing program Sept. 11 due to extreme winds and heavy rain.
A torrential rainstorm in the Louisville area Aug. 4 has wreaked havoc at Churchill Downs. Flooding caused several horses to be removed from the barn area, both the main track and infield are completely underwater, and employees at the racetrack were unable to get off the property for hours due to severe flooding in the parking lot and on many area roads.
The history of the track at Belmont Park is that is dries out quickly. According to the latest forecast, it will have about 17 hours to do so prior to the June 6 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
Kentucky Derby day 135 dawned with a steady, sometimes heavy rain, and a temperature of 53 degrees in Louisville, Ky., on the morning of May 2.
The song says the sun shines bright on my old Kentucky home, but there is no sun shining Kentucky Oaks morning, and the weather is the big topic of conversation.
As you handicap this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), you better ask yourself not only who can get a mile and a quarter, but who can do so on an off track.
A switch to five-day racing weeks and a long stretch of dry weather are among the factors helping Gulfstream Park buck an industry trend of lower pari-mutuel handle.
Calder Race Course said Feb. 9 it has begun application of a new elastomeric coating to 60 barn roofs in the track's stable area, a project that will help reduce stable temperatures normally hiked by the South Florida sun.
Poor track conditions led Beulah Park near Columbus, Ohio, to cancel the second through ninth races Feb. 2-3, and the full card Feb. 4.
While the icy wonderland that has blanketed the Bluegrass region left more than 600,000 Kentuckians without power the week of Jan. 25, Thoroughbred farm managers are doing all they can to keep their operations functional and safe in spite of property damage and lack of electricity.
Lingering effects from a strong winter storm have led Turfway Park to cancel live racing the afternoon of Jan. 29.
A winter storm that has spanned half the country has led to cancellation of live racing and full-card simulcast programs at various tracks.
Sam Houston Race Park will begin repairs to the roof of its grandstand, as well as additional construction to rebuild portions of the stable and track areas, weather permitting beginning Jan. 22.
Beulah Park has canceled live racing for Jan. 17 because of continued frigid temperatures and a prediction of snow.
With frigid temperatures forecast, Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort has canceled live racing for Jan. 17, opening night of the 2009 Thoroughbred racing season at the West Virginia facility.
Because of an ominous forecast for bitter Arctic cold, compounded by strong winds, the New York Racing Association has decided to cancel its scheduled live race card at Aqueduct Jan. 16. Beulah Park in Ohio also canceled its Jan. 16 program because of frigid temperatures.
Sam Houston Race Park canceled its 2008-09 meet and transferred 43 of its originally scheduled 65 days to Retama Park, a move approved by the Texas Racing Commission during a special meeting Oct. 28.
The 2008-09 Sam Houston Race Park meet probably won't make its Nov. 28 start date given extensive damage sustained by the track during Hurricane Ike, according to chief operating officer Andrea Young. Officials in Texas are studying alternatives should that be the case.
- By Ryan Conley
Power outages to the barn area and the Kentucky Derby Museum are about the only effects Churchill Downs felt from the Sept. 14 windstorm created by the remnants of Hurricane Ike.
The strong winds that forced Turfway Park to cancel its program after two races Sept. 14 because of unsafe conditions did some damage to the facility, but operations are back to normal.
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