07/23/2008 11:00PM

Saratoga cancels Thursday steeplechase


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - The first race on Thursday at Saratoga, a steeplechase event scheduled for 2 1/16 miles, has been canceled because of inclement weather that forced all of Wednesday's grass races off the turf, officials of the New York Racing Association announced Wednesday afternoon.

As a result, the Thursday card will begin with the originally scheduled second race, at its listed post time of 1:35 p.m. Eastern, followed by races 3 through 10, also with their original post times and numbers. Three turf races scheduled for Thursday will be run on the main track.

NYRA officials announced that Thursday’s steeplechase event will be rescheduled for next Wednesday, July 30. Saratoga will run a 10-race card that day, NYRA officials said.