01/05/2014 5:37PM

Aqueduct: Race canceled, refunds issued after tractor breaks down


Sunday’s last race at Aqueduct was canceled when a tractor broke down on the track and couldn’t be removed before sunset.

The cancellation forced the New York Racing Association to refunds wagers placed on the ninth race - win, place, show, exacta, trifecta, superfecta, and trifecta - totaling $790,043.

It also resulted in a scenario regarding the pick six in which only the money wagered on Sunday ($94,546) - and not the $24,569 carryover from Saturday’s card – was paid out.

The last race was ordered to be an “all-win” race for purposes of the pick six, pick four, and pick three, but state law dictates that all races have to be run in a multi-race wager in order for any carryover to be paid out. Now, that money will be carried over into the next live racing card, which is Thursday.

Those who correctly selected the winners of the first five races in the pick six received a payout of $7,697. Those who selected four winners before the ninth race received a consolation payout of $64. Those who were alive into the pick three and pick four heading into race 9, received $109.50 and $367, respectively, based on a $2 wager.

According to NYRA officials, a transmission locked up on the tractor, which broke down near the six-furlong pole. The final race, scheduled for a 4:17 p.m. post, was carded to be run around two turns at a mile and 70 yards.

The tractor could not be removed before sunset - 4:43 p.m. - and state law prohibits NYRA from conducting races after sunset.

Live racing resumes Thursday with a first post of 12:25 p.m. Eastern.