Colonial Downs in Virginia is prepared for a rather hot start to its 2008 meet, which gets under way the evening of June 9.
There is a chance Big Brown may have to do something he has never done before if he is to become racing's 12th Triple Crown winner.
For the first time since 2004, there is a chance the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) will be run over a sloppy track.
Beulah Park, the Grove City, Ohio, racetrack that has been stymied by weather and track conditions this winter, has lost 17 full or partial racing programs this year alone.
Due to a winter storm in the Ohio Valley, Beulah Park has canceled its live racing programs for March 7-8.
Rollercoaster weather conditions continue to plague Beulah Park, which canceled live racing March 5. It was the fourth consecutive full or partial card that was canceled, and dates lost during the meet are in the double digits.
Keeneland, Kentucky feel effect of winter storm that left 3-5 inches of snow and ice.
With the high forecast in the teens and wind chill expected to drop to the low single digits, Turfway Park has canceled live racing for Thursday, Jan. 24.
BloodHorseNOW.com writer Lenny Shulman reports each morning from Monmouth Park with the news from the track.
With showers forecast for Oceanport, N.J., on Saturday, the weather could be a factor on the second day of the Oct. 26-27 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Monmouth Park.
Despite midday rain and constant threats of thunderstorms, Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas, attracted 41,087 customers through its turnstiles for live horse racing and post-race fireworks July 3-4.
The big question at Pimlico Friday morning is one that is impossible to answer. No, not who will win Saturday's Preakness (gr. I), but will it rain?
As the gates opened at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Oaks day, the key was not the field for the race but the weather forecast.
Long-range weather forecast calling for showers on Derby day.
Because of heavy rain and strong, variable wind, racing was cancelled at Aqueduct Race Track Thursday, April 12, seven minutes to post for race 3.
Aqueduct's live St. Patrick's Day card Saturday and the live card for Sunday, March 18, were cancelled after a ferocious Nor'easter on Friday left the New York City Metropolitan area covered overnight with a dangerous mixture of snow, ice and rain.
Cold and wind chill have led Turfway Park to cancel live racing Friday night. It is the third cancellation of the week because of the weather.
Cold temperatures and high winds have led Turfway Park to cancel live racing Wednesday and Thursday afternoons and added Presidents' Day, Monday, Feb. 19, to its live racing schedule.
A winter storm has led to cancellation of racing at tracks from the Ohio Valley to New York.
Due to frigid temperatures, Turfway Park canceled live racing Thursday evening after completing the first two races on the nine-race card.
Citing inclement weather, Mountaineer Park in Chester, West Virginia cancelled live racing for Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 5-6.
The forecast of an Arctic cold front led Aqueduct to cancel live racing for Friday, Jan. 26. The track will be open for simulcasting.
Due to a winter storm that impacted travel in northern and central Kentucky, Turfway Park cancelled racing Sunday, Jan. 21.
The Saturday, Oct. 28, live racing card at Aqueduct was cancelled because of heavy rain and strong winds.
One area where there are certainly no guarantees is the weather. But, should the 10-day forecast hold true, it will be a nice Breeders' Cup day Nov. 4 in Louisville, Ky.
Extreme heat in the East is taking its toll on racing, as six tracks cancelled racing for either Tuesday or Wednesday. Among the most prominent cancellations was Saratoga, which called off live racing for Wednesday.
Jockeys and their mounts escaped injury Thursday afternoon when a large umbrella, apparently from the trackside picnic area at Ellis Park, blew onto the main track as the field charged down the stretch in fifth race on the program.
The heat wave that has hit the Mid-Atlantic region led Delaware Park to cancel its live racing program for July 18.
With the temperature expected to hover near 100 degrees in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area this weekend, Canterbury Park has decided to offer free admission for this Saturday's $600,000 Claiming Crown.
Poor track conditions, due to heavy rains in the Toronto area, has forced the cancellation of Wednesday evening's live Thoroughbred racing program at Woodbine.
A severe mid-afternoon thunderstorm led officials to cancel live racing after six races at River Downs July 4 because of safety concerns.
Ellis Park, the western Kentucky racetrack hit by a tornado last fall, will take a major step forward in its recovery when it reopens for training June 1.
- By Tom LaMarra
Turfway Park, currently closed for live racing but home to about 700 horses in training, sustained storm damaged the evening of May 25 but no humans or horses were injured.
They call it Chamber of Commerce weather. This year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) will be run on a beautiful day in Louisville, Ky.
Unlike earlier in the week when a possibility of showers was in the forecast for Louisville, Ky., on Saturday, the latest predictions call for partly sunny, cool and dry conditions for the 132nd Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Should you adjust your handicapping for this year's Derby to decide who you think might run best on an off track? Well...maybe.
The National Weather Service issued its 10-day forecast today that extends through May 6, otherwise known as Kentucky Derby day.
Aqueduct Racetrack cancelled Thursday's race card because of the threat of a major winter that was forecast to dump from four to six inches of snow coupled with a wintry mix of sleet and freezing rain.
- By Tom LaMarra
Though repairs to damage from a Nov. 6 tornado won't be completed by summer, Ellis Park in western Kentucky will conduct its 36-day meet in 2006, parent company Churchill Downs Inc. announced Dec. 28.
Live racing skidded to a halt at two Midwestern tracks as a result of a winter storm that hit the area Thursday.
If races were being run on the turf at Belmont Park today, track superintendent John Passero said the courses would be listed as yielding.
On a morning not fit for man nor beast, it was hard to find any of either outside a shedrow Tuesday morning at Belmont Park. A huge storm hit the area with steady rain and blowing winds.
There was quite a thunderstorm on Long Island Saturday night. The site of the Oct. 29 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships was hit with loud thunder and bolts of lightning accompanied by an inch of rain.
Due to heavy rain that has caused flooding in the Northeast, live racing was cancelled Wednesday at Belmont Park in New York and at Meadowlands in New Jersey.
Sam Houston Race Park will shut down Sept. 22-24 because of Hurricane Rita, which is approaching the United States coast.
Calder Race Course was forced to cancel its live racing card on Friday after Hurricane Katrina, a category one storm, punished much of South Florida overnight and into the early morning hours.
Trainers of some Kentucky Derby (gr. I) horses were altering plans this past weekend, juggling work schedules to avoid the rain. If the National Weather Service is correct, no one should have to worry come Derby day.
After experiencing the wettest winter in the track's 70-year history, Santa Anita Park concluded its 2004-05 winter/spring meeting with only a 3% decline in total handle.
A suspected tornado that tore a path through Ocala, Fla. Thursday afternoon caused wide-spread damage to area horse farms, but early reports indicate no equine deaths or significant injuries were incurred.
The New York Racing Association is taking steps to avoid having to abandon live racing once the first race goes off.
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