02/19/2015 1:12PM

Aqueduct cancels again for Friday


The winter from Siberia continues as New York Racing Association officials have canceled Friday’s eight-race card at Aqueduct, the fourth straight card lost to weather and safety concerns and the 13th full-card lost at the meet. A 14th card was canceled after two races were run.

The forecast for Friday calls for high temperatures in the teens with winds between 20 and 30 miles-per-hour, making for wind chills near zero or in the single digits. Training was also canceled at both Aqueduct and Belmont Park for Friday.

Aqueduct and Belmont will be open for simulcasting.

Racing could continue on Saturday when temperatures are forecast to be in the low 30s with light snow in the afternoon.

Walter More than 1 year ago
Love the way folks jump to conclusions and have knee jerk solutions. This winter has been an exception to the norm. Winters in NYC are usually more mild than this year. NYRA has made the right calls on cancellations so far this year. Next year, winter will be like usual and the inner track meet will run like so many previous years.
John Murray More than 1 year ago
How many of the 14 lost days could have been run on artificial surface and how many of the fatalities could have been saved?
robert bertz More than 1 year ago
Synthetic or real dirt, they cannot race when it is cold and there is a strong wind. Try riding Your bicycle in this weather for a few minutes and see if You stay upright.
Dan More than 1 year ago
So who still thinks Aqueduct should have raced today? It's a big difference to have people bet inside & not have horses & jockeys race in this below zero wind chills.
Walt Gekko More than 1 year ago
Even in the old days, NYRA would have cancelled on a day like today. This is becoming the coldest winter since 2003 (second coldest on record, only 1977 was colder than '03) and NYRA is not going to take chances.
Michael Jacob More than 1 year ago
They want you to play slots with the old ladies
harpharper . More than 1 year ago
johnd More than 1 year ago
Really, it the whole scheme of things, who cares?
Ron Rios More than 1 year ago
true, who cares, with TVG turning their attention to Gulfstream, myra might as well wait until April
D'Funnybone More than 1 year ago
Again, NYRA decides it is unsafe to race due to the unsafe conditions for both horses and jockeys, however the weather is just fine for patrons to come to the track and wager their money on Simulcast races from other venues, which most horse players have the ability to watch and wager on these races from the comfort of their own homes. Is NYRA's thinking something like this - "Let's cancel live racing, where we do not have to pay out any purse money, and let's get the degenerate gambler to come out here to wager on races from other venues, while the masses believe we are doing this to protect our horses and jockeys"? People, when and if NYRA decides to race their next live race card @ Aqueduct, join me in boycotting this horrible product run by an inept organization. Let them feel it where it hurts - in the pocketbook. And is anyone really thinks that these race cards are being cancelled in order to protect horses and jockeys from the harsh weather conditions, well, you need to step back and see the entire picture. Theses cancellations have NOTHING to do with weather conditions.
Larry Kaufman More than 1 year ago
im with you i wont bet aqueduct until the main track opens
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Larry Kaufman More than 1 year ago
you had better look over your shoulder where ever you go im watching you
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riconap More than 1 year ago
Climate ( Global Warming ) and weather ( snow and cold in NY) are two different things - so your attempt at humor is appreciated by very few.
Ron Rios More than 1 year ago
I liked it!