Penn National Cancels Friday, Saturday

The Feb. 4-5 race cards will be run Feb. 7-8 with same races and horses.

Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course.has canceled live racing for Friday and Saturday, Feb. 4-5, due to recent winter storms and will reschedule those races for Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 7-8, respectively.

“The storm on Wednesday (Feb. 2) in our area was freezing rain and ice” said Mark Loewe, vice president of racing, “and then above freezing temperatures on Thursday put us into a freeze-thaw cycle that is very hard on the racing surface. You can’t remove ice like it was a layer of snow, and when it thaws in the daytime, and then freezes up at night, there are problems.”

Weather reports for the Central Pennsylvania area call for light snow late Friday and then a mix of snow and freezing rain on Saturday.

“After consulting with our horsemen, we will not scrap the weekend programs but rather move the Friday and Saturday cards, as drawn, over to next Monday and Tuesday, respectively,” Loewe said.