07/04/2012 2:14PM

Arlington moves post time to 5 p.m. for Thursday card

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Arlington Park has moved its racing program on Thursday from a regularly scheduled 1 p.m. first post to 5 p.m. because of radically hot weather, the track announced Wednesday. The forecast high temperature at Arlington on Thursday is 103 degrees with a heat index of 108, which would be the hottest day in what has become an extended heat wave in the area.

“By starting our races at 5 p.m. on Thursday, we can avoid the worst of the heat,” Arlington general manager Tony Petrillo said in a press release. “The hour-by-hour forecast shows temperatures starting to fall by the late afternoon. That drop in temperature combined with the extra precautions that Arlington has implemented for hot weather creates a better situation for both the human and equine athletes as well as our fans.”

Wednesday’s card, which started at 3 p.m., also was to be run under testing conditions. The temperature at 1 p.m. was 99 degrees, though because of low humidity the heat index was only 104.