03/20/2015 8:46AM

Expected snow prompts Aqueduct to cancel Friday card


And on the first day of spring, racing was canceled at Aqueduct.

With a forecast calling for 3 to 5 inches of snow scheduled to start falling around noon, New York Racing Association officials announced that Friday’s eight-race card at Aqueduct would be canceled. It is the 16th full card cancellation of the inner-track meet. Another card was scrapped after two races were run.

In a press release, NYRA officials said the cancellation is “a proactive step to prevent the loss of two days of racing, and to prepare the track for Saturday's inaugural Claiming Championships. …This will ensure that the track is in the best possible condition for Saturday's event.”

NYRA officials said the inner track would be sealed following training Friday morning.

“This step will permit the rapid and efficient removal of snowfall following the completion of today's storm, with further harrowing of the track surface preparing it for full operations on Saturday,” according to the release.

Aqueduct and Belmont Park will be open for simulcasting Friday.

Friday’s card was to mark the return to the races of the 3-year-old filly Wonder Gal, who hasn’t started since finishing third in last November’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. It is expected that Wonder Gal will now train up to the Grade 2, $300,000 Gazelle Stakes on April 4.

Initially, Sunday was to be the last day of racing on the inner track. But because of all the cancellations, NYRA announced last month that three additional days - March 26, 27 and 28 - would be added to the schedule.

Aqueduct’s main track is scheduled to open on April 1.

D'Funnybone More than 1 year ago
In a related story, snow is in the forecast today for Anchorage, Alaska. NYRA officials are contemplating at this moment if they should cancel today's Aqueduct card due to the expected storm in Alaska. Stay tuned.
russell More than 1 year ago
Unless you are and trainer, owner or jockey why would anyone support this winter garbage?
Bob More than 1 year ago
Because gamblers gamble. You think they care what track , horse , jockey & location?
Tim Roberts More than 1 year ago
They couldn't have thought ahead and moved up post time a couple hours? This forecast was in place for 4 days. Bottom line is they really are OK with not running.
Larry Kaufman More than 1 year ago
Larry Kaufman More than 1 year ago
NYRA is a joke.it is 12:05 not a snowflake has fallen yet.there is no reason to cancel today. by the time it starts snowing they probably could get in all 8 races.NYRA keeps pushing away its customers, how many people wasted their time and money handicapping todays races.NYRA doesn't care maybe they would if they passed a law if you cancel when you could have ran NO CASINO MONEY for that day. NYRA management needs to go they have no clue.
Slew32A More than 1 year ago
I get what your saying but please gimme a break about wasting hours handicapping and money spent. You were buying the form today and maybe you glanced thru the 3 and 4 horse fields.
Larry Kaufman More than 1 year ago
i don't waste my time betting aqueduct in the winter but other people do i wasn't talking about myself.anyone who plays everyday and buys the print edition is out over $100
michael More than 1 year ago
They should already be,on the,main track. It's a better track, running races like Gotham on the inner is ridiculous.
Chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Thanks Dave, This is exactly how Gulfstream should have handled that day of monsoons in February!