01/31/2015 10:05AM

Aqueduct cancels Saturday card


January went out like a lion for the New York Racing Association as cold temperatures combined with high winds forced officials to cancel Saturday’s nine-race card at Aqueduct.

Of the 23 cards scheduled for the month of January at Aqueduct, seven were completely canceled, including three of the five Saturday programs, while another was scrapped after two races were run.

Saturday’s card was lost due to temperatures in the low 20s combined with forecasted winds of 20 to 30 miles per hour that made for wind chills in the single digits.

At 8 a.m., the temperature at JFK Airport was 14 degrees, with a wind chill of minus 5.

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

The $100,000 Ladies Handicap, scheduled for Saturday, has been rescheduled for Friday. The race will be open to original nominees and will be redrawn Sunday.

Live racing was scheduled to resume Sunday with a nine-race card that begins at 12:45 p.m. Eastern. Another winter storm, bringing several inches of snow, is forecast but fortunately is not expected to start until Sunday night.

russell More than 1 year ago
I've said this a million times. We need a racing model like Europe/Asia/Dubai/Australia. You can't race everyday. Race 2-3 times a week. Gulfstream, Saratoga, Belmont, Santa Anita, and Del Mar are the only tracks that can sustain more than 4 days. And why are we carding 9 races? Dubai and Ascot card 6-7 races and the gates are packed. The bottom line is people don't trust the game. Integrity is shot. My father told me a long time ago; anyone can read the charts, look for the stuff no one else can find.
Chuck Seddio More than 1 year ago
enough allready,short fields,1/9 shots,unscrupulous training methods,ny racing has hit an all time low,close aqu after thanksgiving and reopen in march ala the old days,remember the swift stakes on opening saturday in march,focus on spring racing at belmont into the spa meet,the greed of ny politicos getting every nickel they can from winter racing is killing the sport, ive been involved in ny racing since the 50'sand the decline here is reminding me of the trotter decline when roosevelt closed and harness racing hit its all time low.it cant get much worse than this
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
When the conditions are really bad they should cancel .but recently aqueduct has cancelled on relatively moderate winter weather days. This leads me to the obvious conclusion that the track sees racing as an inconvenient side show to their main business the casino.i bet that if they did not have the casino they would maintain the track properly and not cancel so much.
James G Romano More than 1 year ago
In the early days of OTB we used to make fun of Finger lakes,Charleston,Laurel and ,of course,Suffolk Downs. Now,in 2015 Aqueduct has lowered to Their Levels! Having lived in the Boston area i remember watching/betting those slow horses in that frigid track running Six F in 1;16 or more,while a couple of trainers ,and jockeys,would win a good chunk of races.Aqueduct is very similar/ comparable to those smaller,grayer and lost in the middle of nowhere tracks.Look at the 'big a[small letters]; Its jockeys, whether/track conditions/times/entries. How dissimilar are they than SD,Laurel,Keystone[Parx] or Delaware? And that only a couple of trainers/jockeys win a big chunk of races? As a stated a few days ago,,,why not close it for about two months,and give everyone a break from this grey,depressive state? There`s always simulcasting,internet,DRF for those who are incapable of doing anything else but watch depressing horse racing...
Tim More than 1 year ago
Not questioning the decision to cancle; seemed wise (Mahoning Valley ran races on a frozen track two weeks ago that had puddles of melted snow sitting on top of the frozen surface; DRF needs a new category in the stats box for that one!). But the whole atmosphere and aura of the scene around Aqueduc(nad the NYRA, to a good degree) has deteriorated to the point where it almost feels like Suffolk Downs South...
russell More than 1 year ago
That is true. They almost never cancelled at Aquduct. The wind was the only issue. Cordero used to ride there.
G More than 1 year ago
In the early 70's Aqueduct bagan winter racing on tthe inner sealed dirt track. During periods of heavy snow or winds with brutal cold there have been cancellations. Due to poor management and in decision of whether or not to even continue racing at Aqueduct, NYRA is making more and more poor decisions. The misunderstanding about the new performance rule has caused huge numbers of scratches. It has been stated this will likely be the last race meet held at Aqueduct.
Walter More than 1 year ago
Since I'm not familiar, will someone tell me how long have they been running winter racing in NYC? Winter weather is not something new to the northeast US. So why does it seem like NYRA is operating as if this is uncharted territory?
G More than 1 year ago
They have raced on the inner dirt since the early 70's. There have been cancellations along the way and today makes sense when the temp is below thirty, steady winds above 15 mph and gusts as high as 30 mph. Thats just my opinion though.
Bob More than 1 year ago
I'm sure you get reimbursed for the racing form if bought the day before..do you ?
Larry Kaufman More than 1 year ago
24degrees at parx 29 at laurel and 25 at aqueduct,parx and laurel both running.nobody wants to see breakdowns but nyra is so scared to run.you can not operate a racetrack like that.it all starts from the top when you have a toymaker running things.if other tracks in the northeast can run what is nyra so afraid of,they are the joke of horse racing
G More than 1 year ago
Parx cancelled after four races.
russell More than 1 year ago
Larry I went outside for 1 min. It was a nasty wind at 1030 hrs.
Larry Kaufman More than 1 year ago
they always ran until that casino opened,it would be the exact same conditions but they would run. i couldn't care less if they run or dont. i will not bet one dollar at aqueduct until the main track opens. its just the poor management of nyra,the cancel one day and run the next day under the same conditions.what do you expect when a TOYS R US guy is running things. i might not be qualified to run a toy store, but i could run this place better then mr [toys r us]
James G Romano More than 1 year ago
Well,Winter racing at Aqueduct is awful! Look at the claiming tags,how many entries and which jockeys are riding them! Laurel is a track where a few horses run in every race,maybe with an average of about six horses x each race.Aqueduct is similar to :Laurel,not a compliment. As someone who lived in his longest lifetime winter in Ayer,Mass.,Suffolk Downs with its horses caliber of running six F in over 1;16 is Not Another compliment for NY racing. And one more thing that is comparable to SD is that only a couple of trainers/jockeys are winning a good percentage of races[ A.Cruz & the Ortiz bros]. We USED To Make Fun of these low class donkeys but now in 2015 ,in winter ,they`re as common as the lousy hot dogs sold at the track!