07/04/2012 2:14PM

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


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.

W.G. More than 1 year ago
I don't know how much this is going to help. If it's anything like last weekend in Louisville, they might have been better off canceling the program because even running at night, many of the horses ran sub-par races in all likelihood because of the heat, which was well over 100 degrees even with first post at 6:30 PM local time in Louisville.