09/27/2012 3:37PM

Belmont cancels Friday card


ELMONT, N.Y. – Friday’s live racing program at Belmont Park has been canceled "due to anticipated heavy rain," the New York Racing Association announced Thursday afternoon.

As of 4 p.m. Thursday, the Friday forecast according to weather.com was as follows: "Variable clouds with showers and scattered thunderstorms, high 69 degrees; chance of rain 70 percent rainfall possibly over one inch."

Five of Friday’s nine races were scheduled for turf.

Six graded stakes races are scheduled for Super Saturday, Sept. 29.

The main track will be open for training Friday morning, with rubber cones, known as "dogs" set up to keep horses on the outer half of the surface. The training track will be open as usual.

Simulcast races will be available at the Belmont Café and at Aqueduct.

While only one day of racing was canceled at Aqueduct last winter, this is the third time all or part of a program has been scrapped at Belmont this year. Racing was canceled because of excessive heat June 21, and halted the next day after four races because of a storm and power outage.

Last fall, snow brought the Oct. 29 card to a halt after three races, and closing day, Oct. 30, was canceled as well.