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Aqueduct Cancels to Protect Surface

Heavy rain has led Aqueduct to cancel live racing for April 4.

From the New York Racing Association

Due to heavy overnight rains continuing into April 4, the New York Racing Association has canceled live racing at Aqueduct in an effort to preserve the racing surface for the Wood Memorial program on April 5.

“The main track is tight and  in good shape, but factoring in that it only opened for racing two days ago, and that we have Aqueduct’s best day of racing (Saturday), we are doing everything we can to ensure optimum racing conditions for our big Wood Memorial Day card,” NYRA racing secretary and handicapper  P.J. Campo said. “The track is sealed so moisture doesn’t soak in.  We’re confident that our cautious approach will result in excellent racing conditions (Saturday).”

Aqueduct remains open for full-card simulcasts.

Post time for the April 5 11-race card is 1 p.m. EDT. The Wood Memorial day card features an all-stakes guaranteed $400,000 pick four.