06/22/2012 3:55PM

Belmont Park: Five races canceled due to power outage

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 ELMONT, N.Y. - Belmont Park canceled the final five races of Friday’s card due to power issues as a result of a strong storm that ripped through the area following the fourth race.

The power issues didn’t totally disable the track as simulcasting operations were able to continue.

According to New York Racing Association officials, the production truck that distributes the Belmont signal lost power. Also, the cameras the stewards use were disabled by the power outage, which by itself would have triggered a cancellation.

NYRA utilizes a different truck to bring in signals from other tracks which is why Belmont was able to remain open for simulcasting.

Refunds were issued in the pick six while live daily double, pick three, and pick four tickets were paid out on the contested legs with the canceled legs considered all wins on those tickets.

This cancellation came one day after Belmont canceled Thursday’s nine-race card due to extreme heat.

Belmont was scheduled to re-open on Saturday with an 11-race card that includes the Grade 1 Mother Goose Stakes.