02/28/2015 4:59PM

Gulfstream cancels rest of card due to weather

Barbara D. Livingston
Gulfstream Park canceled racing after the fifth race Saturday due to torrential rain and flood-like conditions.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Because of torrential rain and flood-like conditions, Gulfstream Park was forced to cancel its Saturday card after five of 12 races were run. Racing was expected to resume Sunday.

“The rain just didn’t stop,” Gulfstream general manager P.J. Campo said in a media release. “For the safety of our customers, jockeys, horsemen, and employees, we felt it best to cancel the races for the remainder of the day.”

One of three stakes was run before the cancellation, with Devine Aida easily winning the fifth race, the Grade 3 Herecomesthebride, which was transferred from the turf to a sloppy track. Shortly after the Herecomesthebride, the fifth race, the cancellation was announced.

The Grade 2 Swale and Grade 3 Palm Beach Stakes will be run next Saturday as supporting features to the Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Handicap.

DRF’s Raise Your Game handicapping contest Saturday in the Ten Palms restaurant at Gulfstream was declared no contest, with entry fees refunded and another contest to be scheduled at a later date.

Track officials were scrambling to recall the last cancellation at Gulfstream. A track spokesman recalled a day and a half being lost in 1998 because of a sinkhole on the former dirt track in the vicinity of the eighth pole, and one race was lost shortly after the new facility opened in 2006 because of a gate malfunction. Otherwise, cancellations are very rare here.

Across town, Quarter Horse racing at Hialeah Park also was canceled Saturday because of weather conditions.

Owen Klein More than 1 year ago
If Pletcher drops DD into allowance this week, we'll know he still thinks derby is poss.
Dan Ticktin More than 1 year ago
I think Ms.Bedar is an excellent reporter and handicapper!!!
mikey More than 1 year ago
Watched the Gulfstream show.Christine Bigknocker's said the late races were on the turf and the weather looks good.She might be the worst on air person.She must be in FS stable.
Greg Scherr More than 1 year ago
actually earlier today they scratched the "Main Track Only" horses so there was some thought the rain would stop and it would clear up.
mikey More than 1 year ago
They need better weather info.Sorry for the contest players.
r More than 1 year ago
Will pletcher run Daredevil next Saturday at Tampa in the Tampa Bay Derby?
russell More than 1 year ago
Only NYRA cancels more. But its better that way
Will LaTulippe More than 1 year ago
Who would downvote this? Less is more.
myjockwon More than 1 year ago
if Frank Stronach didn't own the winner of the 5th race they probably would of called them off earlier. Curious to see if it remains a Grade 3 after changing surfaces
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
That makes no sense at all. How are you supposed to know you have the winner until the race is over and not before. just ask the guy who put a million $$ to show on Groovy to show and he finished 4th. They run these races on the track and not on paper. So please do us a favor and stop with the conspiracy theory.
Hunter Delaney More than 1 year ago
I'll bet you Stronach wanted to scratch......