05/14/2014 6:06PM

Santa Anita cancels Thursday card because of heat


ARCADIA, Calif. – Live racing Thursday at Santa Anita has been canceled due to a severe heat wave expected to bring temperatures of 108 degrees to the area.

Track president Tom Ludt said the decision to cancel was made after consulting with the Thoroughbred Owners of Caifornia, the California Thoroughbred Trainers, and the Jockeys' Guild.

“We felt with the conditions, and such a unique spike – 108 degrees – it was the right thing,” Ludt said.

Ludt noted that a cooling trend was expected to begin Friday, with weekend temperatures likely to taper into the 80s. Although no live racing will be held Thursday, the track will be open for simulcast wagering.

In a prepared statement, Ludt said twilight racing Friday is scheduled to proceed.

“The good news is that beginning Friday, temperatures are expected to cool and with our twilight first post time on Friday at 3 p.m., we’re confident we’ll be in good shape, weather-wise,” he said.

The high on Wednesday in Arcadia was 99 degrees. 

Racing secretary Rick Hammerle called the weather “a fluke.” He added the decision to cancel was made to preserve the safety of horses, horsemen and patrons. Three of the best races carded for Thursday will be brought back as extras for Sunday.

The eight-race card originally scheduled for Sunday will be expanded to at least nine races, and will include the three races carried from Thursday. Those include a maiden race for 2-year-old fillies (race 1 Thursday), an allowance race for California-bred fillies and mares (race 6), and a turf allowance for fillies and mares (race 7).

Darrell Peck More than 1 year ago
The weather is going to be hot this summer in the west so look forward to lots of cancelled races. Maybe they should run at night until the fall. I realize that the revenue is not as good at night but at least they would get more races in and that could compensate for the lost races.
david m More than 1 year ago
Twilight 3pm is mid afternoon///////
jttf More than 1 year ago
how can vets purposely dehydrate horses on hot days, when using lasix ?? arizona, new mexico and california lead the country in breakdowns.
Allen Payne More than 1 year ago
If this is going to be the 'norm' i.e.- canceling races when the weather gets 'hot' what ever are we going to do when the horses race at 'Pomona ' :----or what ever they call it now !! September is just around the corner ....Seems like it is always 100 degrees at the Fair when I was there ....( the past 50 years ) .......
jttf More than 1 year ago
when our fair cards are cancelled, they run both cards the next day, weather permitting. matinees are popular here.
tim More than 1 year ago
What are the 150 people that were going to attend the races do now in light of the cancellation? Maybe get a job?
RingForFrodo More than 1 year ago
With all short fields in the early Pick 5 Friday at seven horses or less, looks like Santa Anita should cancel every Thursday, hot weather or not.
Steve Ulen More than 1 year ago
If the future dates stay the same for Cal. racing, SA may have to go to night racing in the late spring/summer dates. Personally, I loved the Fri. night racing at Hollywood. I'd love to see SA go to that as well.
GuyFleegman1 More than 1 year ago
That makes too much sense Steve..so do not expect Santa Anita to do that.
GuyFleegman1 More than 1 year ago
well done...but friday is supposed to be even hotter...so why not cancel both days??
Bruce Eckhoff More than 1 year ago
except friday is supposed to be cooler and they will be racing later.
Nancy Elder More than 1 year ago
you obvious haven't looked at weather report. not hotter cooler.
GuyFleegman1 More than 1 year ago
Yahoo weather!! Bank on it! LOL
Union_Rags More than 1 year ago
TL, good job. The horse is job # 1. Thanks.
derek lawson More than 1 year ago
beginning This is the start of three day racing that the owner of Santa Anita is trying to ram through so he will break the unions. Let see how many Saturday or Sunday cards get cancelled. I guess it is only hot on Thursday but the rest of the week is just fine. This was why we needed Hollywood Park!
TheRaiderFan More than 1 year ago
The temperatures are actually expected to drop 20 degrees after tomorrow so yea it'll be fine Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. You'd know that if you actually read the article.
RingForFrodo More than 1 year ago
This is not about breaking any unions. Horse Racing is facing a losing battle by trying to sell a product that it's customers do not want. Too many unplayable short fields. Shrinking horse inventories, coupled with most of the animals nowadays needing several weeks between races, just makes it impossible to support 4-5 day a week racing. Less is better, and there is no way around it for most tracks.
49ers have the rings !!!!! More than 1 year ago
what happen to the show must go on