Weather Disrupts Racing on East Coast

Weather Disrupts Racing on East Coast
Photo: Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club
Rider at Laurel Park, dressed for cold weather.
For the second straight day, cold temperatures hampered racing at New York's Aqueduct Racetrack, with live racing cancelled for Saturday. The $100,000-added Affectionately Handicap, the featured race on the Saturday card, will be reopened to original nominations and be run next Saturday, Jan. 17.

The track was scheduled to remain open for simulcasting on Saturday, with live racing scheduled to resume Sunday.

Extremely cold temperatures combined with high winds to put a halt to live racing Friday after four of nine races had been run.

Meanwhile, jockeys at Laurel Park refused to ride Saturday's nine-race card. Temperatures hovered around ten degrees at 10:20 a.m. when the riders informed management at the Maryland Jockey Club of their decision. A decision has not been made concerning the rescheduling the $75,000 Native Dancer Stakes for 4-year-olds and up.

Saturday racing was also cancelled at Philadelphia Park and Penn National.

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