01/30/2008 1:00AM

Aqueduct cancels


Aqueduct canceled the final six races of Wednesday's scheduled nine-race card when the jockeys refused to ride because of high winds. According to weather.com, the winds were 35 miles per hour with gusts up to 42. Otherwise, conditions were ideal for winter, with the temperature in the low 40s and sunny skies.

The wind was blowing in the jockeys' face coming into the stretch.

The jockeys met after the second race and agreed to ride one more. Following the third, the riders met again and informed management they would not ride the remaining races. The cancellation came before the start of the pick-six, which had a $47,383 carryover, one that will be held over into Thursday's card. All money wagered on the pick-six Wednesday was refunded.

Though a majority of riders voted not to ride, many jockeys refused to comment, giving the impression the vote was not unanimous. Ramon Dominguez, who rode the first three races, Jean-Luc Samyn, and Kyle Branch - who each rode two of the first three - all declined to comment.

Channing Hill, who rode the first two races, said the wind made conditions potentially dangerous.

"The wind gusts are a little strong, and when your horse is going back and forth it's kind of hard to control them, especially when you're in such tight quarters," Hill said. "The wind is blowing enough that it's blowing your horse around, which gets kind of dangerous out there since we're so close together."

Stewart Elliott, who won the opener, said it was borderline.

"I didn't think it was that bad, but they said it was supposed to get worse. One gust, you never know."

It was the third cancellation of the inner track meet, the first since Dec. 16.