11/18/2014 12:15PM

Churchill Downs cancels Wednesday card


LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Churchill Downs on Tuesday morning canceled its 10-race Wednesday card because of unseasonably cold conditions and a frozen racetrack.

About three inches of snow fell early Monday in the Louisville area, and despite the Churchill maintenance crew harrowing the track around the clock since last Thursday, they could not prevent it from freezing. Training was canceled Tuesday morning and was expected to be canceled Wednesday, too, following an overnight low in the mid-teens.

One lingering question is whether a 10-race Thursday program will also have to be canceled. That seems quite likely: the high temperature for Wednesday was expected to peak in the low 40s, with the overnight low into Thursday dipping to 24. The Thursday high is supposed to hover around 32 degrees.

A slight warming trend was forecast as the week wore on, with a high in the low 50s forecasted for Saturday.

This is the first full-card cancellation due to weather at Churchill in almost 2 1/2 years, when it canceled on June 28, 2012 due to extreme heat.

The last frozen-track cancellation was Nov. 13, 1986, according to Churchill.

Union_Rags More than 1 year ago
The horse always comes FIRST.
m More than 1 year ago
Marty - ty for the on the house article
Matthew Hood More than 1 year ago
Now that they don't have to worry about racing on Wed, CDI can think about how they are going to complete their hostile takeover of Atari.
m More than 1 year ago
LOL nice
raymond More than 1 year ago
It's so cold, I seen a dog frozen to a fire hydrant
Frank Reach More than 1 year ago
This global warming is horrible.
Chris Lowe More than 1 year ago
Climate change=greater frequency of extremes.The world, and horse racing, better get used to it. Finger Lakes cancelled today after one race. Mountaineer cancelled last night after two races. Mountaineer cancelled tonight. Thistledown cancelled 11/14. And the calender still says "fall."
Walt Gekko More than 1 year ago
I remember it being like this in 1986 when Garden State Park played host to what at the time was the biggest single night ever for the Breeders' Crown when four of what were then the eight races were held that night with 21,000+ on hand (back then, the Breeders' Crown used to have individual events at several tracks during October and November). They had planned for a big night outdoors as I remember, but almost everyone had to move inside the grandstand due to temps dropping into the low 20s, then a record for the date those took place. Point is, it's been this cold before in November.
Chris Lowe More than 1 year ago
That was nearly thirty years ago. Ask the folks in upstate NY when was the last time they got 5-6 FEET of snow in a 24 hour period in mid November.