09/27/2012 4:37PM

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.

Richard More than 1 year ago
I am only 1 person, but I am now boycotting saturdays races.
Tim Roberts More than 1 year ago
Did it even rain today at Belmont? Why isnt more being made of this strange cancellation 20 hours ahead of Post time?
Billy Spathanas More than 1 year ago
Since when does anyone listen to the weather forecast, there never right, right ?
Rick Harrington More than 1 year ago
So NYRA cancelled racing when 0.6" of rain really fell according to the NWS, no rain in the immediate area. Smells fishy, doesn't it? Money in the big Pick-6 pool, big day of racing ahead. NYRA has made it painfully obvious that they only care about the 25% takeout they're going to get on the pick-6 carryover pools. How have they shown it? Heavy favorites in stakes races get the race demoted to the 3rd race, Maiden Special Weights buried in the middle of the sequence. They want the high pools. They don't care about presenting an entertaining product, only the money that bettors bring in. No wonder Cuomo wants the organization absolved. Maybe it's high time the NYSRWB meet about amending the takeout rates so that NYRA doesn't get 9% extra when there's money in the kitty.
Richard More than 1 year ago
No rain at all,,,,,,,,,what a joke
orsch226 More than 1 year ago
They just wanted the pick six carryover to go into saturday for a bigger pool
ML-NJ More than 1 year ago
One minute to the canceled first race. The sun is poking through the clouds here in north-Jersey.
Larry Kaufman More than 1 year ago
to the morons at nyra IT's NOT RAINING. you fools at nyra knew this report was coming out today and you are all hiding,don't worry they will find you tommorow
Vincent Condeni More than 1 year ago
The Belmont cancellation due to rain is a disgrace and an insult to all USA racing fans. The remedy is simple. Install a Synthetic Course at each major NY racetrack and they will never have another cancellation due to Rain! Replace the AQU Inner course and a Grass Course at both BEL and SAR. With Syntrhetic installed al these three courses they become redundent and useless. Arlington & Keeneland have Synthetic Courses and they enjoy great racing without weather disruption! NY Senior Racing Officials need to wake up and become part of the 21st Century! Diceman
Steve Wilson More than 1 year ago
Fake, poly, synthetic, whatever - Racings biggest mistake. Once upon a time, artificial turf was the wave of the future in MLB and the NFL too. That is until someone woke up "and became part of the 21st Century" !
Vincent Condeni More than 1 year ago
Hi Steve, Sorry you are feeling so nasty today! Are you gettingh enough sleep and hiting enough winners! I think not! Are you aware foiur of the great racetracks in the USA, Holloywood, Delmar, Arlington and Keeneland are using Synthetic with great success. Fewer Horse injuries and the handle is up! I love synthjetic and my figures are more reliable than on dirt tracks! I never play wet tracks! Good Luck & Good Health, Always! Diceman
W.G. More than 1 year ago
Could this be the actual reason for the seemingly suspicious cancellation of Friday's program at Belmont: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/28/sports/aqueduct-racing-officials-faulted-in-horse-deaths.html?_r=1&ref=sports Given everything that is going on, and from what was mentioned elsewhere before I saw this, it could be proven later that NYRA officials knew this was coming and they were bracing themselves for a lot of questions on Friday. The timing of the article coming out is not a surprise given what has been happening recently with New York racing. That MIGHT answer some questions on why Friday's card was cancelled even if it were not the official reason.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When it comes to NYRA, haters gonna hate, and paranoid morons will look for a conspiracy. Besides which, NYRA has canceled the day before the Gold Cup in the past to keep the track in the best condition possible. You honestly think anyone in NYRA wants racing shoved to the side when the politicians with an agenda get a chance to dominate the news cycle?
W.G. More than 1 year ago
The problem is, there is not that much rain in the forecast, as opposed to two years ago, when New York got dumped on during the corresponding week to this one. NYRA might have been gun shy because of that, but that still makes this cancellation quite questionable no matter what, and fuel is being added to the fire with what now has come out.
Keksisuomi More than 1 year ago
You raise an excellent point.
MordicaiR More than 1 year ago
The fiasco of a steeplechase race didnt help their cause. When will they ban this garbage.