08/05/2007 11:00PM

Delaware cancels Tuesday card


The Tuesday racecard at Delaware Park has been cancelled on the orders of the state racing commission's supervisory veterinarian, who cited expected high temperatures as posing a danger to horses and riders.

Dr. John Peters, the state's highest veterinary authority, made the recommendation on Monday to the Delaware Department of Agriculture, which includes the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission. John Wayne, the administrator of racing for the commission, said that Delaware Park management supported the decision.

Delaware was scheduled to run nine races on Tuesday as one of only a handful of tracks that regularly run on that day of the week during the summer. The forecast for Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service, was for a high of 93 degrees, though the heat index – which also takes into account humidity – was expected to top 100 degrees.

"Despite a highly competitive live racing card and premium conditions for simulcasting handle, safety is far more important than monetary gains," Wayne said in a release.

Last year, Delaware Park's July 18 racecard was also cancelled because of high temperatures.