An unusual flash thunderstorm at Del Mar caused no delay of American Pharoah's first workout in San Diego County July 18, as the Triple Crown champion recorded a six-furlong breeze in 1:11 2/5 over the seaside oval.
After removing its synthetic surface, it was almost cosmically ironic when a downpour, equipped with constant lightning strikes, pounded the seaside racetrack July 18, causing all kinds of havoc at the summer hotspot.
After pretty much non-stop rain over the last 48 hours, a break in the precipitation is forecast for Elmont, N.Y., Wednesday before returning again Thursday and Friday, June 4-5.
Claire Novak sets the scene for Preakness Day 2015, including a look at the weather. Watch Video
After dreary skies and rainfall over the last couple of days in Louisville, Ky., the forecast is looking up for Kentucky Derby week.
The final eight races at Lone Star Park April 24 were cancelled, including the $200,000 Texas Mile (gr. III), because of inclement weather that led to unsafe track conditions.
Trainers with contenders in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) are keeping one eye on the weather as planned workouts approach for this weekend, April 25-26, at Churchill Downs.
Laurel Park in Maryland and Parx Racing in Pennsylvania canceled their live racing programs March 8 because of continued weather-related issues.
Four tracks in the Mid-Atlantic region have canceled live racing for March 7 because of the continued impact from a winter storm.
Aqueduct Racetrack has canceled racing March 6 due to the impact of winter weather on the racing surface and aggressive efforts to get the track ready for the March 7 program highlighted by the $400,000 Gotham Stakes.
- By Blood-Horse Staff
- Racing, Handicapping, Northeast Region, Midwest Region, Southwest Region, Kentucky, Mid-Atlantic
Because of severe winter weather conditions, or expected winter weather, racing for March 5 has been canceled at Aqueduct Racetrack, Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, and Oaklawn Park.
Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort, which began its 2015 race meet the evening of March 1, has canceled its second program March 2 because of track conditions.
Mother Nature continues to have an impact on North American racing as Laurel Park canceled its Sunday, March 1, live race card, due to a winter storm producing snow and freezing rain.
Gulfstream Park canceled the remainder of its Feb. 28 card as a deluge pelted the South Florida area. The $200,000 Swale Stakes (gr. II) and the $150,000 Palm Beach Stakes (gr. IIIT) were among the events lost.
The Arkansas Racing Commission unanimously approved a request by Oaklawn Park Feb. 28 to add two Wednesdays to its 2015 Racing Season -- March 18 and March 25-to compensate for days lost to winter weather.
Due to severe winter weather, including high winds and record low temperatures, Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course has canceled its live racing program scheduled for Feb. 24.
Feb. 22's Pick 5 at Santa Anita Park has yet to be paid out because of a tote malfunction, track officials said Sunday night.
Laurel Park, forced to end live racing after the second race Feb. 21 because of weather conditions, canceled its full-card for Feb. 22 because of lingering impact from the storm.
Penn National, Charles Town, Laurel, and Turfway Park have canceled racing for Feb. 21. Penn National and Charles Town are now dark until Feb. 25, while Turfway is scheduled to resume live racing Feb. 22.
Live Thoroughbred racing returned to the Chicago area Feb. 20 as Hawthorne Race Course began its season amid frigid weather and an equally challenging financial and political landscape.
Due to winter weather live racing at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races and at Penn National for Feb. 20 has been canceled, along with racing at Aqueduct and Laurel.
Due to winter weather, including temperatures and winds anticipated to produce a wind chill well into single digits and below, live racing at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races for Feb. 18 and Feb. 19 has been canceled.
With sub-zero wind chills anticipated from a severe winter storm, the New York Racing Association canceled live racing at Aqueduct Racetrack Feb. 16, including the scheduled $100,000 Evening Attire Stakes.
In anticipation of extreme winter weather conditions, the New York Racing Association has canceled live racing at Aqueduct Racetrack Sunday, Feb. 15, and Laurel Park has postponed its Sunday card.
Opening of the 2015 meet at Oaklawn Park has been postponed until Thursday, Jan. 15, as a result of track conditions cause by cold weather.
Jessica Paquette, senior director of communications at Suffolk Downs, wears many hats in her role at the track and now she can add race-calling to the long list.
View a highlight reel from Keeneland's 2013 fall meet opening weekend. watch video
Weather conditions impacted the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (gr. II) program at Pimlico Race Course May 16. Total wagering on the card was down more than 13% from last year.
The weather forecast for the May 17 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico Race Course couldn't be much better with sunshine, low humidity, and afternoon temperatures in the mid-60s.
The weather forecast for the Baltimore area proved accurate as heavy rain and occasionally strong winds moved in early the morning of May 16.
Today Show weatherman Al Roker gives Blood-Horse readers his Derby forecast. watch video
The horrific thunderstorm that hit Churchill Downs Monday morning and the afternoon arrival of Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) favorite California Chrome generated a lot of online discussion.
Claire Novak reports trackside from Churchill Downs on news for the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks. Learn of the morning storms, works by Tapiture, Hoppertunity, and Ria Antonia. See footage of California Chrome unloading! watch video
Harsh winter weather and and poor track conditions have led to the cancellation of almost 70 full racing programs through the first seven weeks of 2014.
Turfway Park expects much warmer temperatures the week of Feb. 16 that will allow proper maintenance of its Polytrack surface and a return to live racing Feb. 21.
With another cold blast of air settling in from the north, Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races had canceled its live racing program for the evening of Jan. 28.
Due to extreme weather conditions, Laurel Park, Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, and Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course canceled live racing for Jan. 22. Charles Town will be dark Jan. 23 as well.
Parx Racing and Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races canceled their live racing programs for Jan. 21 because of winter storm warnings in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Severe cold and wind led a few racetracks to cancel their live programs for Jan. 6-7.
Penn National has canceled live racing Jan. 2, while Aqueduct will not race Jan. 3 as a winter storm zeroes in on the northeast region.
Parx Racing said live racing was canceled for Dec. 23-24, making the ninth and 10th lost programs in December.
Due to powerful winter weather, live racing at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course and Charles Town Races has been canceled for Saturday, Dec. 14.
In anticipation of bad weather, Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course and Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races have canceled live racing for the evening of Nov. 26.
- By Tom LaMarra
A damp first weekend didn't seem to greatly impact the proceedings at Keeneland. watch photo
On the day before the 145th running of the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), horsemen were primarily trying to make the best of things as steady showers dampened conditions--if not spirits--around New York's Belmont Park.
Lenny Shulman discusses the news of the day, including the post positions, Orb, Frac Daddy, Will Take Charge, and the weather. Watch Video
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Lenny Shulman gives the Kentucky Derby news for May 1, 2013. watch video
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