02/04/2015 9:18AM

Snow melt prompts Aqueduct to cancel Wednesday card

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OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Aqueduct canceled Wednesday’s live racing card due to concerns that warmer temperatures forecasted for the afternoon could create an uneven and unsafe inner track.

It was ninth cancellation of the winter.

Many of the cancellations have come due to extreme cold. Wednesday, the forecast for the afternoon was for temperatures near 40 degrees. While that sounds good, NYRA officials said there was plenty of moisture trapped at the base of the track that could melt and create a wet and potentially uneven surface.

NYRA officials have often acted on the side of caution as there have been 14 equine fatalities during the inner track meet.

Glen Kozak, NYRA’s vice president of racing surfaces, said he recommended to management that racing be canceled Wednesday.

“One of the concerns is starting to run and have the track deteriorate where we can’t manage it with the equipment,” Kozak said. “When it gets that wet and especially with the cold bottom on it you got to watch how the material reacts.”

Kozak said Aqueduct received four inches of snow Monday. While Kozak said the snow was cleared by 6:30 a.m. Monday, there was six-tenths of an inch of rain and five-one-hundredths of an inch of ice that fell throughout Monday followed by another two inches of snow Monday night.

The track was closed for training Monday, but was open Tuesday and again Wednesday. As the temperatures rose above freezing Wednesday morning, horses were coming off the track with more dirt and mud on their bandages than earlier in the morning.

”It looks great, sounds great this morning – another good racetrack to be on,” Kozak said. “With 40 degrees and sunshine it’s sometimes tough to control what the surface is going to be for racing.”

Kozak said maintenance crews would work on the track all Wednesday afternoon, attempting to get the moisture out of it. Kozak was confident that racing could resume Thursday.

anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why don't they treat the surface? This is absurd.
Michael Jacob More than 1 year ago
Please build a casino at Belmont park so I can go and play slots with the old ladies.
D'Funnybone More than 1 year ago
I'm playing Tampa and Gulfstream today and the rest of the Winter. Have to watch Tampa with the mute button on, for Richard Grunder is the WORST race caller in North America. I guess you can't have it all. At least Tampa and Gulfstream ACTUALLY RUN RACES!!!
kenneth russell More than 1 year ago
The locals call him Richard "Blunder" Grunder...
Amy Hurley More than 1 year ago
Have to agree with you about Grunder, although he's got some competition lately - the announcer at Portland Meadows has no enthusiasm and seems to have a GREAT deal of difficulty identifying horses and conveying their positions.
Frank Reach More than 1 year ago
I've stayed out of the conversation on these canceled days until now, because I truly love NY racing and I've always felt like NY truly does it the best. But, I have to say everyone below that is commenting on what a joke this is and how poorly run the Aqueduct winter program is.....are correct. Change management or don't have winter racing....make a decision to fix or just abort the entire thing. This canceling racing because we all know NY makes money from the casino now and cares less about the live racing is a joke.
william More than 1 year ago
I used to love NY racing, too....now it's a game of craps.....is the 6/5 shot jacobson just claimed for 25k and now running for 10K crippled or a romping winner or do you go with Rudy on the same angle? You see this scenario 10 times per week. It gets old and I haven't bet a dime on NYRA since 2013. Sad but true. NYRA should go back to no lasix, no drugs, kick out the sinners, etc.
mikey More than 1 year ago
Let's see a winter track where one day too clod then too windy now too warm.Close down like the old days and come back in April.
Michael Castellano More than 1 year ago
It's only greed that makes it impossible for the powers that be to realize the plain, simple truth -- Winter racing in the North East is a terrible idea for everyone concerned except the bean counters. Do away with it and some interests will be hurt, but the general health of the Industry will improve. Bite the bullet and do away with Winter racing!
martymar . More than 1 year ago
why does it matter what the reason's for cancellations, if they don't think it's an optimal racing surface to race horses and feels it would further endanger jockeys and horses that's already reason enough. For all the degenerates GTFO
Larry Kaufman More than 1 year ago
i don't care if they run or don't run.these cancelations wouldn't happen if there was no CASINO. nyra is getting paid whether they run or close.i hope the tellers are getting paid because if not they are the ones getting screwed
Frank Reach More than 1 year ago
Larry, you are 100% correct.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Horse race gambling is for losers. Thats why i dont do it.
D'Funnybone More than 1 year ago
Then why are you on this sight?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Because i like to help people in need.
gerard stuchbury More than 1 year ago
what is NYRA doing with the 3 million dollars worth of cancellations so far?its not like the horses stopped eating or the trainers stopped billing, instead they will give the money to some european grass horse in July or to Todd Pletchers rich owners in Saratoga, the money should have to be spent during this meet. Rick Violet or you looking out for the horsemen?
Larry Kaufman More than 1 year ago
nyra is run by the most incompetent fools in horse racing, by the way thursday will be to cold so cancel now so people don't waste their time handicapping the races
mikey More than 1 year ago
Did you forget the boss ran a TOY STORE.Thanks GOV.
Larry Kaufman More than 1 year ago
no it was in my first post
Larry Kaufman More than 1 year ago
close the track until march mr toys r us, go back to toys r us