06/21/2012 9:49AM

Belmont Park cancels Thursday card due to heat


Belmont Park has canceled its Thursday card due to a second straight day of exceedingly hot weather in the New York area.

According to Weather.com, temperatures could reach 100 degrees at Belmont Park today after topping out in the high 90s on Wednesday.

Aqueduct Racetrack and the Belmont Café will be open for simulcasting, and NYRA Rewards telebet and internet wagering will be available.

Temperatures are expected to moderate in the New York area on Friday.

Colette More than 1 year ago
As some others have tried to explain to those "gotta place a bet at all costs" individuals, the extreme heat up here in NY, these past 2 days, is dangerous because bodies have not had the opportunity to adjust to the extreme heat. Before these past 2 days, it was cool & it has been all spring. On Tuesday morning, that's only 2 days ago, it was chilly in the mornings (about 54 degrees) & you'd need a jacket. Then, during the day it would warm up to low 70's. Then we suddenly get this heat blast where you feel as though you stuck your entire body into an oven that's set at 350 degrees. The body, human or equine or any living being, has not had time to adjust to the extreme change. As a nurse in the ER, I can tell you that yesterday & today, we have been flooded with patients being brought in due to the heat, with heat related problems. The same applies to horses. Their bodies need time to adjust to very hot temperatures, too. I would imagine quite a few horses collapsed yesterday after racing & since today is even hotter than yesterday, who in their right mind would take the risk? I find it shocking & yes, scary, that there are individuals who are actually thinking it would have been OK to race today @ Belmont. Do you not realize we have had a 30 to 50 degree jump in temperature from this Tuesday to Wednesday?
Rob Smoke More than 1 year ago
As if...it were somehow more humane to whip a staggering horse across the finish line in any temperature-- an event that horses endure hundreds of times a day at tracks all over the world -- some of which have climates that make Long Island in the summer feel like a walk in the Alaskan wilderness. Did some group of trainers get together and insist their horse was going to die from the heat? Because, let me tell ya' -- this is the first day of summer, there's more heat on tap.
steve szymanski More than 1 year ago
Tell it to your priest. In your eyes, they all took off to make a drug run to dope the horses, huh? They cheat - they drug - they snub the law - they lie - they hold them back - they juice them up -AND YOU STILL BET ON THEM. Who's the fool????? I can just see you at your kids little league game. LOL
James More than 1 year ago
To rob I doubt if youve ever seen a horse dehyrated after a race ..BY that I mean the cooling out process...And ive had them go down right after a race...It will give u a heart attack because if they dont get up........So to you Rob think before u talk...And in 47 yrs around racehorses Ive only seen one jock do that with a whip!....He was a bug boy and the horse did die...Hes a fairly well know rider these days..
mike More than 1 year ago
Rob-- Go to the PETA site. Dont bother us horse racing fans here. Noone wants to listen to you crying about how cruel the sport is. Go watch a soccer game you ninnie.
Ryan Mendes More than 1 year ago
really they canceld cuz its 100 degrees well you dont see the fairs canceling due to heat cuz its 100 plus in cali for the fairs in the summer.. bunch of pansies
Ryan Jones More than 1 year ago
You are forgetting that the humidity out on the east coast is much different
steve szymanski More than 1 year ago
When a horse is based in 100 degree weather, he is used to it. When it is 75 for months and then 100, it is bad. WHY DOES EVERYONE HERE TAKE STUPID PILLS BEFORE TYPING?????
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Steve, I've been accused of that...
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Como esta Mendes... I'd like to lock you in my caro at the fairs in cali... 'Hey people, come an lookie at mendes'. The pansie iss wilting.
steve szymanski More than 1 year ago
Hey Ryan - It's been 75 for the past 3 weeks, YOU go out and run a mile today. If you lived in So California, it would easier because you would be used to the heat. The same reason horse shipping UP from Fla excel here and the ones shipping DOWN with their heavier coats do not excel. Remember to stay hydrated if you go out. You obviously KNOW NOTHING about the heat!!!
mike More than 1 year ago
What an absolute idiot............This guy actually has the right to vote too lol........And you wonder why this country is so jacked up!!!!! Too many dumb people like Ryan Mendes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't horses race across the Arabian desert?
Frederick Jones More than 1 year ago
you're an idiot.
JDS0810 More than 1 year ago
Yeah, like Tobey Maguire talked about in "Seabiscuit." He was chosen to ride in the 200 mile race. Saheeb.... lol.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Obviously for the safety of the Racehorses I applaud this decision. This is an example of how Track Management should operate.
mike More than 1 year ago
This is the most sane reply I have seen yet. 100+ degrees with 100% humidity is nothing to mess around with. There are some really dumb people on here!!!!
thomas j More than 1 year ago
Last year the heat index down here in south Florida reached 115 degrees one day and Calder ran on their schedule that week. Between Jul 15 and Oct 15 the heat index down here is over 100 everyday.
mike More than 1 year ago
Then the people at Calder are a bunch of idiots. Im sure those horses are used to that heat too though.
thomas j More than 1 year ago
Belmont cancelling one of their pathetic weekday cards is a blessing in disguise for handicappers.
Joe Tartaglia More than 1 year ago
it was actually a pretty good card today...for once.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
And the horses will be there next week Joe. !
Matt Romo More than 1 year ago
Yeah but even though I feel this year is a bit subpar we are still quite above most of the tracks you mention. It's bad up here and horses dropped yesterday.
W.G. More than 1 year ago
The only thing NYRA could have done differently was to move first post back to 5:00 PM (last post around 8:40 PM near sunset) and run the card after the intense part of the sunlight has passed and temperatures start to cool. Aside from that, NYRA had no choice given the current environment (politically). What should be done is to carry over Thursday's program to Sunday in tact and simply add the Mike Lee stakes (that day's feature) and any overnight stakes scheduled for that day to it (with the card in Sunday's condition book used for Wednesday, and aside from stakes races the cards being one day behind for a few days, possibly adding a day of racing on Monday, July 2, which is a holiday for a number of people to make up the canceled date).
Mark Colonomos More than 1 year ago
WG. This makes too much sense! Obviously you don't work for NYRA They should run the entire summer Belmont card in the late afternoon. I'm sure more people would attend
James More than 1 year ago
It's a good idea you have, WG, but NYRA can't do that on its own. the State Racing & Ragering Board regulates post times. Another exampleof ovwerebearing government preventing businesses from making good business decisions.
Edward More than 1 year ago
When did the NYRA ever have a good idea. They are one of the reasons you need goverment regulation.
steve szymanski More than 1 year ago
W.G. More than 1 year ago
Steve: Yes, 5:00 PM IS the hottest part of the day, however, the sun is also MUCH less intense at 5:00 PM than it is at 1:00, so even if the temperature is higher, it doesn't feel quite as hot as it would earlier in the day when the sun is much more intense, which was the real concern. Also, after Race 1 you would see a lot more shade and then pretty much all shade late in the card since it would be near sunset. That was the point. It was either that or cancel.
mike More than 1 year ago
Get some lights and run at night like Churchill Downs does.....they draw huge crowds at night during the summer when they run @ night.
Mike D More than 1 year ago
NYRA got this one right. Heat, high humidity, light wind, not a good thing. The thought here is that if a horse(s) get stricken with heat stroke and needs to be euthanized, NYRA gets crushed from the public for running. Folks, there are many more NY racing cards in your life, missing one isn't the end of the world.