01/24/2015 10:09AM

Aqueduct cancels Saturday card


A modest winter storm that brought a mixture of snow and rain to the area forced officials to cancel Saturday’s live racing program at Aqueduct. It is the fifth full card to be canceled here in the last 17 days. Another card was scrapped after two races.

Aqueduct and Belmont were to be open for simulcasting on Saturday.

Saturday’s $125,000 Rego Park Stakes for New York-bred 3-year-olds was rescheduled for Friday.  The six-furlong race was to be redrawn on Sunday. Three other races scheduled for Saturday were put up as extras and could be brought back for Thursday.

About three inches of snow fell at Aqueduct overnight before turning to rain early Saturday morning. Rain was forecast throughout Saturday before possibly turning back to snow late. Training was canceled at both Aqueduct and Belmont Park on Saturday.

Training and live racing were scheduled to resume on Sunday. First post Sunday at Aqueduct is 12:45 p.m. Eastern.

Raymond Hackinson More than 1 year ago
Looking at the advance 10 day forecast for NYC I see a low of hold your breath -15 degrees for Feb 1st. and bitter cold for that time frame The Big A is the Big Chill and next time we may see live racing may be the Wood
Donna Carlson More than 1 year ago
All I can say is Thank God. No man or beast needs to be out in weather so cold and nasty, and there are plenty of other tracks that are going that gamblers can get their fix on at, and in the wake of all the breakdowns I say it should be shut down indefinitely this inner track is clearly not safe at this time. No body makes any money when horse are not surviving the races that they are running in. Sad situation.
D'Funnybone More than 1 year ago
The slew of breakdowns has NOTHING to do with the track. You have catastrophic breakdowns when trainers send out cheap horses to earn a check to make their keep, while these horses are injured and drugged up not to feel the pain, and run until the injured area breaks or soft issue tears. This has been going on for DECADES @ NYRA. Business as usual.
D'Funnybone More than 1 year ago
This is ridiculous. Why didn't NYRA just cancel the Saturday card on Friday? They already knew what the weather forecast was, it's not like this was a surprise storm. Again I wasted hours handicapping a NYRA card that was cancelled due to NORMAL weather and temperatures in the month of January. What does NYRA expect the weather to be in late January? I urge everyone who wagers at NYRA venues to boycott NYRA and their product the remainder of the winter season. This was the last straw for me. I will be wagering on Gulfstream Park and Tampa the rest of the season.
G More than 1 year ago
The track condition is terrible today and so they did the right thing. Already too many deaths at Aqueduct this meet. This however may likely be their last season as NYRA struggles to decide what to do.
Kevin Miller More than 1 year ago
Aqueduct is going to cancel every chance they get. If a horse pisses on the track tomorrow morning, they will be closed again.
Larry Kaufman More than 1 year ago
i would like to know who is the fool responsible for the aqueduct schedule. scheduling a one week break the end of march is stupid it should have been scheduled in january or february when the weather is usually the worst.
Steve Hougom More than 1 year ago
They need to shut that place down in my opinion. Who wants to go to the track in cold weather anyway. Racing should be done when 60 degrees or warmer in my opinion. If money is that important than that tells you everything you need to know. Wait til march at least. Does anyone else that far north run in the winter months?