12/05/2003 1:00AM

Storm shutters tracks


The East's first winter storm of the season halted racing at several racetracks, from West Virginia to New York.

Snow began falling Friday morning and continued throughout the afternoon. The storm was expected to extend into Saturday and Sunday, with up to a foot of snow in some areas.

Aqueduct canceled its card after Friday's first race, and management also announced the cancellation of Saturday's card, as well as simulcasting on Saturday.

The storm caused the cancellation of Friday's and Saturday's live racing at Laurel Park, and the track also called off Saturday simulcasting. Philadelphia Park, Charles Town, and Penn National did not run their Friday cards.

Saturday's $100,000 Queens County Handicap at Aqueduct was rescheduled for Dec. 13. The Grade 3 Queens County will be reopened to the original nominees and redrawn on Thursday.

Saturday's $100,000 Geisha Handicap at Laurel, already postponed once, will be run on Sunday's card.

When racing is scheduled to resume on Sunday at Aqueduct, there will be a pick six carryover of $20,067.