02/18/2015 5:44PM

Aqueduct cancels Thursday card due to cold


With more cold temperatures and single-digit wind chills in the forecast, Thursday’s eight-race card at Aqueduct has been canceled, New York Racing Association officials announced Wednesday afternoon.

It is the 12th full-card canceled this winter. Another card was scrapped after two races.

The forecast for Thursday calls for a high of 22 degrees but with winds between 20 and 30 miles-per-hour, wind chills are expected to be in the single digits. The forecast for Friday is very similar making it plausible that day’s card could be canceled as well.

Aqueduct and Belmont will be open for simulcasting on Thursday.

This week was to begin a series of five consecutive weeks when NYRA’s calendar was reduced to a four-day racing schedule, Thursdays through Sundays, through March 22.

NYRA had planned to be dark the last week of March, but has since announced it will run March 26-28.

Fred Bagley More than 1 year ago
Larry Kaufman More than 1 year ago
the morning line is 1-20 that they cancel for friday
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Larry Kaufman More than 1 year ago
william More than 1 year ago
gamble landed
mikey More than 1 year ago
Let's see too cold then too much snow then snow melts then freezes then too windy.This all adds up to no winter racing.
Raymond Hackinson More than 1 year ago
Absence does not make the heart grow fonder, especially in the wallets of bettors. With the possible Thursday thru Sunday cards up for cancellation, Saturday for snow and Sunday for a warm up and thaw down NYRA has to do something to keep itself in the mix. At least the mandatory 15 day break between races is being taken of by Mother Nature.
Roddy Valente More than 1 year ago
Monday's card being President's day should have rescheduled to Wednesday,which the weather was a perfect day for winter racing,and safe!!!!! the present administration is incapable of being creative to make up for lost revenue.....Supporting my belief they want no part of winter racing,if that is the case they should acknowledge their are a lot of owners who have a vested interest of breeding N.Y. Breds to support racing,based on 12 months.The next week they are going to 4 day's a week.....I propose they start racing on the Wednesdays they are canceling.......due to the fact based on our weather we will only average 3 day's a week at best.Please be smart business people and support us owners trainers & jockeys who are enduring fiscal hardships,who have stayed here in support of NYRA racing....Taking the Roberto Duran approach No Mas....Doesn't cut it for me Roddy Valente
Larry Kaufman More than 1 year ago
mr valente, i am happy to see a owner that has many horses call out nyra management. i believe they want no part of winter racing because of all the bad publicity with the breakdowns. you as an owner still have to pay your trainer daily, racing or not racing.your trainer still has to pay his help no matter what the weather is. of the 12 days they canceled i believe maybe 4 days were legitimate. management tries to make it look like the are protecting workers,they are not the trainer and grooms still have to get to the track to provide food and water to the horses.you and other owners need to put pressure on management and if they don't get any smarter you need to get them out and bring in someone that has a clue. i feel bad for the owners, trainers,jockeys and whoever else is affected by nyra's poor management skills
william More than 1 year ago
I would be shocked to learn of one "racino" that runs a profitable race track. Racino operators look at racing as a necessary evil, something they have to deal with to keep their valuable casino license. They can't wait until the state unshackles them from the burden of running races so they can drop the whole industry like a hot potato. That's why there is no innovation, no new ideas to revive horse racing. I can't say I blame them, I realize they're in business to make money, not necessarily because they love racing. I just wish NYRA had hired a sharp mind with an understanding and love of racing instead of giving the nod to a doll expert.
william More than 1 year ago
you'd think all of these cancellations would lead to big, competitive fields when they do race, but it has just been more of the same.... a never-ending stream of 5 horse fields with big, negative class droppers dominating the betting.
Kevin Miller More than 1 year ago
Yonkers and Meadowlands can race at night but it is too cold for Aqueduct to run during the day???
mikey More than 1 year ago
Stop making soon much sense
Donald More than 1 year ago
Just a prediction,they will run til Christmas week,and then shut down til March next spring,basically eliminating winter meet on the inside.dont bet against it.Its tough in the winter,with the decline in Florida racing over the last few years,and the failure of the Fair Grounds to draw top barns, horses and riders.Gulfstream east /.west blah blah blah,bottom line is weekday cards are mediocre with the heavy hitters stacked on the weekends.
Veronica More than 1 year ago
they don't even want to race horse their anymore--they have the casino.
mikey More than 1 year ago
No matter the weather the slots are open and making the bucks.Slots saved a lot of tracks.
Kevin Miller More than 1 year ago
The state should make a rule that if the track cancels, the casino must close that day.
mikey More than 1 year ago
Yes you are right on the money.Only that will never happen.