09/02/2006 12:00AM

Rain, wind bring stop to races


Harsh weather brought in part by Tropical Storm Ernesto caused the cancellation of racing at Monmouth Park, Fort Erie, and Philadelphia Park on Saturday.

The horses were in the Monmouth paddock for the first race when the decision was made to cancel the first two races and wait for possible clearing later on. That plan fell through as rain and high wind continued to lash the track.

Monmouth's two Saturday stakes, the Grade 3, $150,000 Red Bank on the turf and the $100,000 City Zip for 3-year-old sprinters, were rescheduled for Sept. 9. To partially offset the cancellation, Monmouth planned to run 13 races on Labor Day, three more than usual. Post time Monday will remain 12:50 p.m.

Poor track conditions caused by extensive rain prompted Philadelphia Park to call off its scheduled card.

Fort Erie canceled the last two races on its eight-race Saturday card because of heavy rainfall and very sloppy track conditions.