Keyword: weather

  • Ellis Park sustained signficant damage from a tornado that hit Nov. 6.

    Tornado-Damaged Ellis Park to Race in 2006

    Though repairs to damage from a Nov. 6 tornado won't be completed by summer, Ellis Park in western Kentucky will conduct its 36-day meet in 2006, parent company Churchill Downs Inc. announced Dec. 28.

  • Belmont Turf Yielding, Track Super Says

    If races were being run on the turf at Belmont Park today, track superintendent John Passero said the courses would be listed as yielding.

  • Rain-soaked Belmont Park, Tuesday morning.

    Nor'Easter Hits Belmont; Track a Ghost Town

    On a morning not fit for man nor beast, it was hard to find any of either outside a shedrow Tuesday morning at Belmont Park. A huge storm hit the area with steady rain and blowing winds.

  • Record Rain in New York, Track Super Confident for BC Day

    There was quite a thunderstorm on Long Island Saturday night. The site of the Oct. 29 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships was hit with loud thunder and bolts of lightning accompanied by an inch of rain.

  • Derby Forecast Calls for Beautiful Weather

    Trainers of some Kentucky Derby (gr. I) horses were altering plans this past weekend, juggling work schedules to avoid the rain. If the National Weather Service is correct, no one should have to worry come Derby day.

  • Temporary stalls damaged at Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.

    Tornado Causes Wide-Spread Damage in Ocala

    A suspected tornado that tore a path through Ocala, Fla. Thursday afternoon caused wide-spread damage to area horse farms, but early reports indicate no equine deaths or significant injuries were incurred.

  • Weather Halts Racing at Finger Lakes

    Live racing was cancelled Monday at Finger Lakes racetrack in Farmington, N. Y. due to weather conditions in the area over the past couple of days, according to a release from the track.

  • Wet Track Unlikely for Preakness

    There is less than a 50-50 chance that Saturday's Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico will be run over a wet track, as was the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) on May 1.

  • Churchill Downs' twin spires stand out against a backdrop of rain and cloudy skies.

    Hard Rain Falling at Churchill Downs

    The rain arrived at Churchill Downs as predicted. About 4:10 p.m., nearly two hours before post time to the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) it began raining hard at Churchill Downs. The track turned sloppy in a matter of minutes

  • Rain Strong Possibility for Derby Day

    A severe thunderstorm watch was in effect until 10 p.m. EST Friday night in north central Kentucky, with showers and thunderstorms likely before 2 a.m., according to the National Weather Service report in Louisville.

  • Aqueduct To Close Friday

    In anticipation of bad weather expected to hit New York on Friday, Aqueduct has already made the decision to close the track for live racing and simulcasting.

  • Saturday Racing at Turfway Park Cancelled

    Once again citing track conditions compromised by fluctuating temperatures and resultant uneven thawing, Turfway Park has cancelled live racing for today, Saturday, Feb. 14. The track remains open for simulcasting.

  • Turfway Cancels Remainder of Racing Sunday

    Citing track conditions, Turfway Park canceled races 4-10 on Sunday's 10-race card. Three races were completed without incident. Racing is scheduled to resume Wednesday, February 11, at 5:30 p.m.

  • Aqueduct, Laurel Cancel Friday Racing

    Aqueduct in New York and Laurel Park in Maryland have both canceled racing today (Feb. 6) because of ice and heavy rains in the northeast corridor of the United States.

  • WEBN Stakes Rescheduled After Turfway Cancels

    Turfway Park's cancellation of live racing Saturday prompted racing officials to reschedule the featured $50,000 WEBN Stakes, which will be run next Saturday, Feb. 7.

  • Turfway Cancels Friday's Card

    Turfway Park has called off its Thoroughbred racing program for Friday night because of the cold weather. Temperatures at the Northern Kentucky track are expected to fall to the single digits this evening.

  • High Winds KO Racing at Aqueduct, Laurel, Woodbine

    One day after leading to cancellation of the last two races at Hawthorne Race Course in Illinois, high winds also cancelled the Thursday card at New York's Aqueduct, Laurel Park in Maryland, and Woodbine in Canada.

  • Beautiful Weather Forecast for Breeders' Cup Day

    It is hot at Santa Anita. But the local Chamber of Commerce must have put in a good word with someone because the forecast for the Oct. 25 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships is for a high of 78 degrees.

  • Colonial Ready to Serve as Horse Evacuation Center

    With Hurricane Isabel poised to hit land late in the week of Sept. 15, Colonial Downs in Virginia has once again opened its barns to area horses that may have to seek safety from the storm.

  • Is Mother Nature Smiling at Funny Cide?

    Funny Cide, who won the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) impressively on an off track, will get his chance to become racing's 12th Triple Crown winner on a similar surface. The precipitation moved from a drizzle to a steady light rain at about 1:30 p.m. (EDT). Then it picked up intensity. The track is now rated sloppy. The sealed surface has considerable water standing on it.

  • Early arrivals at Belmont Park used umbrellas to protect themselves from rain.

    Looks Like Rain For Funny Cide's Run at History

    The first order of business in New York on Belmont Stakes (gr. I) Day -- complain about the weather. The first raindrops began falling at 9 a.m., only about nine hours before forecasters predicted. Well, nothing new.

  • Belmont All Wet on Wednesday

    The New York area is under a flood watch from the National Weather Service as heavy rains have soaked the area since Tuesday night. Local forecasters have used words like "ugly" and "miserable" to describe Wednesday's forecast.

  • Fast Track for Preakness, Passero Says

    Pimlico track superintendent John Passero said he is confident the racing surface will be fast Saturday for the middle leg of the Triple Crown. "If the rain stops," Passero said Friday.