02/08/2013 2:57PM

Aqueduct cancels live racing for Saturday

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Aqueduct canceled Saturday’s live racing program, the second straight card lost due to a winter nor’easter that brought heavy rain and heavy wind Friday and was expected to bring significant snow before ending Saturday.

Saturday’s $75,000 Dearly Precious Stakes for 3-year-old fillies will be run Sunday, Feb. 17, and will be re-drawn on Thursday and open to original nominees.

Aqueduct and Belmont Park will be open for simuclasting on Saturday.

Live racing was scheduled to resume on Sunday with a nine-race card beginning at 12:30 p.m. and featuring the $75,000 Java Gold Stakes. Following Sunday, racing will be dark at Aqueduct until Friday Feb. 15.

There now have been five cancellations of live racing this winter at Aqueduct as well as six cards canceled due to a horse shortage and equine safety concerns.