06/28/2012 4:25PM

Delaware Park cancels Saturday card due to heat wave


In anticipation of a heat wave approaching the East Coast, Delaware Park has canceled its live racing card scheduled for Saturday.

The National Weather Service had predicted temperatures above 99 degrees with a heat index of 108 for the Wilmington area.

“Racing in such weather would potentially place the health of the horses and riders at risk,” said Dr. John T. Peters, chief commission veterinarian for the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission.

Saturday’s feature, the $50,000 White Clay Creek Stakes for 2-year-old fillies, has been rescheduled for Wednesday’s program. Entries for the redrawn stakes will be taken Saturday.

Live racing is scheduled to resume Monday.