Sportsman's Blasted by Late Winter Weather

Sportsman's Park's meager 46-day Thoroughbred racing schedule has been severely eroded by horrible early-March weather.

After a mild winter, snow forced Sportsman's to cancel racing mid-card on the second day of its spring meeting on Saturday. Then Sunday, Monday and Tuesday also were lost to snow and bone-chilling cold.

"The plain truth is that this race track has been subjected to the
harshest, most extreme weather and temperature differential of the winter," said National Jockey Club President Charles W. Bidwill III. "There is only so much magic our track crew can do under the circumstances."

Sportsman's prepared to resume operation on Friday, after its normal two dark days, with triple points for its On Track Rewards program and $1 hot dogs, sodas and beer. "We'll be ready on Friday," Bidwill said.