Snow-covered Christmas tree in mid-town Manhattan.

Snow-covered Christmas tree in mid-town Manhattan.

Associate Press

Snow Disrupts Racing in Northeast

At least five racetracks, including Aqueduct in New York and Laurel Park in Maryland, cancelled live racing Friday as a result of a snowstorm that hit the Northeast. Philadelphia Park and Penn National in Pennsylvania and Charles Town in West Virginia also cancelled live racing Friday.

Aqueduct and Laurel both also cancelled Saturday's race cards.

The $100,000-added Queens County Handicap, scheduled to be run at Aqueduct Saturday afternoon, will instead be reopened to the original nominees, redrawn and run next Saturday, December 13.

"Unfortunately the weather hit us hard earlier than we were advised today," said NYRA Senior Vice President Bill Nader. "With the storm expected to continue in the area, we wanted to let our fans know now that we will not be open tomorrow."

Racing at the Big A is expected to resume on Sunday with a first post of 12:30 p.m. with a Pick Six carryover of $20,067.

A decision on simulcasting at Laurel and its sister track, Pimlico Race Course will be made Saturday morning.

The $100,000 Geisha Handicap, the co-feature on Saturday's nine-race card, will be contested on Sunday. First post for Sunday nine-race card is 12:35 p.m.