02/12/2014 11:24AM

Charles Town, Penn National cancel Wednesday, Thursday live cards

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In anticipation of what is expected to be the worst snowstorm this winter, Penn National Race Course and its sister track Charles Town have canceled live racing for Wednesday and Thursday evenings.

In central Pennsylvania, snowfall is expected to begin Wednesday night, with forecasts calling for between 8 and 12 inches before it stops late Thursday. In West Virginia, the storm is expected to produce between eight and 16 inches of snow over the next 24 to 36 hours.

 The cancellations at Penn National are the 12th and 13th already this year, as a regular pattern of snow, ice, and sub-freezing temperatures have played havoc with racing conditions.

“We already have our card drawn for Friday night,” said race secretary David Bailey. “We want to let horsemen and fans know that we are going to bring back Thursday night’s canceled program in its entirety and use it for our live racing program on Saturday.”

Charles Town has lost 11 programs since Jan. 21 due to bad weather. Live racing is scheduled to resume Friday with first post time of 7 p.m. Eastern.