Updated on 02/14/2014 12:19PM

Aqueduct, Laurel, Penn National cancel Friday racing


In the aftermath of Thursday's heavy snowstorm along the East Coast that dumped a foot or more of snow, Friday's racing programs at Aqueduct, Laurel Park, and Penn National Race Course were canceled. Penn National also called off its Saturday evening program.

Aqueduct and Belmont Park remained open Friday for simulcasting.

Friday’s card will be the fifth full card of racing at Aqueduct lost due to weather this winter. A sixth program had its final eight races canceled due to fog. Training at Aqueduct and Belmont was canceled Friday morning.

Live racing at Aqueduct is expected to resume Saturday with a nine-race card, topped by the $100,000 Stymie Stakes, though a few inches of snow is forecast for Saturday.

Laurel has lost four cards this winter due to bad weather. Live racing is scheduled to resume Saturday with a first post of 12:35 p.m. Eastern. The 10-race card features the Grade 2, $300,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap and the $100,000 John B. Campbell Stakes.

Laurel and its sister track, Pimlico, will be open for simulcasting Friday.

Thursday’s winter snowstorm that dropped more than a foot of new snow in most areas of central Pennsylvania cost Penn National its 15th lost card of 2014.
“It’s been a very rough winter for our horsemen, fans, and the track,” said racing secretary David Bailey. “Long range weather forecasts call for temperatures in the 40s next week, so we are all hoping that we can get back on our regular schedule next Wednesday at 6 p.m.”


tim More than 1 year ago
So why not make this card up on Tuesday? Hmm? If they lose so much money but not racing, why don't they use a non racing day for this same card next week?
martymar . More than 1 year ago
are you really that dumb?
tim More than 1 year ago
Apparently, yes. Answer? Let me guess, the state says no way!
ed-words More than 1 year ago
Cuomo outpolls Trump 2 to 1.
avlamal More than 1 year ago
Bugsy Anderson More than 1 year ago
Its not about lazy. The track loses profits by not racing.
Bugsy Anderson More than 1 year ago
Btw.... rapid snow melting means unsafe sloppy tracks
tim More than 1 year ago
Closing time...one last time for alcohol, so finish your whiskey or beer, closing time, you don't have to go home but you can't race here!
jaybern1 More than 1 year ago
Put down the bottle and get some help.
Richard Land More than 1 year ago
10 inches was a total lie...final total 14 inches
jaybern1 More than 1 year ago
Do not blame NYRA for the cancellation, blame the breeders. The hoof of the modern race horse has changed due to breeding for speed rather than stamina. The treads are not as wide or deep as they used to be, leading to more slipping and sliding in the snow.
tim More than 1 year ago
The horses should be equipped with cross country skis so they can race on days like this. There is just no excuse and denying degenerate gamblers a day at he races is sad and mean.
Pagani Zonda More than 1 year ago
Holy Sh$t Tim..lol. Good stuff.
tim More than 1 year ago
Blame it on the uh-uh-uh-uh-alcohol.
Robert Clayton More than 1 year ago
Blame the Casino.....All race tracks with a casino look for any excuse possible to cancel the money losing proposition that is live racing
tim More than 1 year ago
They just don't want to race if they can avoid it. Its that simple.
Walt Gekko More than 1 year ago
This has nothing to do with that. NYC is looking at ANOTHER 3-6" of snow on top of the 7" they already have and the storm is not expected to clear until 6:00 AM Friday. You are likely going to be dealing with dangerous roads. Given the bulk of the horses who race at Aqueduct are actually stabled at Belmont Park, this was the right call to do it this early. Oh, and as I understand it (from what I saw on Twitter), Charles Town has already cancelled for Friday and Saturday as well.
tim More than 1 year ago
I just remember in the 80's and early 90's seemed like Aqu would never cancel. I recall frequently watching races run in snow squalls. Yes, maybe this time is a time where they are doing the right thing...but overall just an observation that in recent years, they have become very soft. Maybe its because the product itelf has gone way downhill, but I seem to think there is more to it than that.
Bugsy Anderson More than 1 year ago
There is less breakdowns compared to then. There is more invested in the stock today compared to those days.
jaybern1 More than 1 year ago
Snow squalls are not nor'easters. Long Island has gotten over 10 inches of snow today with 3-8 more inches forecast for late tonight.
radnor87 More than 1 year ago
This storm was hardly a snow squall. There's no way that the track could be prepared to provide a safe racing surface, not to mention the logistics of getting help in to run the show.
Boyd Cord More than 1 year ago
hey, these idiots would bring back more bettors if they had Trakus at all the tracks
michael More than 1 year ago
Trakus is garbage. More junk on the screen to blot out the flow of the horses. totally a waste of time.
Pagani Zonda More than 1 year ago
Trakus is not accurate...at any track.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree. I love trackus mainly for 1 thing only. Being able to see where your horse is during the race. The old manual way just doesn't work. You look at the screen closely and can see the in order it's On the manual prompter it reads 2,9,8,6 I don't see trackus blotting out the flow of the horses.
Shawn Britton More than 1 year ago
Big pools at gulfstreampark today!
mikey More than 1 year ago
How about a April 1st opening.
Chris Lowe More than 1 year ago
FOOLish, lol!
WWW More than 1 year ago
yet the PIN-HEADS at NYRA haven't made this known on their own web-site.
mikey More than 1 year ago
When you drive for over an hour and find the place closed is the NYRA way.