Christine A. Wittmer

Icy Winter Storm Leads to Cancellations

A winter storm is taking its toll on live racing programs.

A winter storm that has spanned half the country has led to cancellation of live racing and full-card simulcast programs at various tracks.

The New York Racing Association canceled its live racing at Aqueduct for Jan. 28 as the storm enveloped the metropolitan New York area. Aqueduct remains open for simulcasts.

Aqueduct is scheduled to resume live racing Jan. 29 with first post at 12:30 p.m. EST. Wednesday’s races will be brought back as extra races on future condition sheets.

Turfway Park in Northern Kentucky also canceled live racing for Jan. 28 but expects to hold its Jan. 29 program with first post at 1:10 p.m. The facility also is closed for full-card simulcasts.

Beulah Park near Columbus, Ohio, also canceled its Jan. 28 live racing program because snow from the northern edge of the storm. Racing is scheduled to resume Jan. 30 at 1:15 p.m.

A mix of snow, sleet, and freezing rain that hit the Baltimore-Washington, D.C., region forced the Maryland Jockey Club to cancel live racing at Laurel Park Jan. 28. Officials said there would be simulcasting at Laurel and Pimlico Race Course, however.

Live racing at Laurel is expected to resume Jan. 29.

Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course in central Pennsylvania also canceled live racing for the evening of Jan. 28. Live racing is scheduled to resume Jan. 29 with the customary first race post time of 6:45 p.m.

Meanwhile, Churchill Downs and Keeneland in Kentucky will not offer full-card simulcasts Jan. 28 because of the weather. Kentucky was hit hard by the ice storm, which continued to linger the morning of Jan. 28.

Also, a Level 3 snow emergency in the Cincinnati, Ohio, area has led River Downs to cancel simulcasting for Jan. 28. The facility is expected to reopen Jan. 29.