12/15/2013 9:30AM

Aqueduct cancels Sunday program; reschedules East View Stakes


Sunday’s nine-race card at Aqueduct was canceled due to the effects of Saturday’s winter storm on the inner track, according to New York Racing Association officials.

It was the first cancellation of the winter meet and third cancellation in the last three weeks. The cards of Nov. 24 and Nov. 27 were scrapped due to high winds.

Though the storm that brought a couple of inches snow and rain to the Metropolitan area throughout Saturday was done by Sunday morning, Aqueduct’s inner track was wet enough where officials were concerned whether they could have a consistent surface to conduct Sunday’s card. Training at both Aqueduct and Belmont Park was canceled Sunday morning.

NYRA had hinted at a cancellation by listing most of Sunday’s scheduled races as extra races for next Friday’s card on the overnight for Thursday, entries for which were taken Saturday. Sunday’s $100,000 East View Stakes for New York-bred juvenile fillies will be run next Saturday.

Aqueduct, as well as Belmont Park, will be open for simulcasting on Sunday.

* Parx Racing in suburban Philadelphia also called off its live racing program as the result of Saturday's winter storm.