10/21/2009 11:00PM

Two Showcase Day stakes moved to Sunday


ELMONT, N.Y. - Call it New York Showcase Weekend.

With a significant amount of rain forecast for Saturday, the New York Racing Association has elected to postpone the two scheduled turf stakes - the Mohawk and Ticonderoga - to Sunday. The five dirt stakes scheduled for the day will still be run on Saturday, led by the $250,000 Empire Classic.

NYRA will still card 10 races - all for New York-breds - for Saturday and all activities scheduled for the day will go as planned.

"They're calling for anywhere from three-quarters of an inch to an inch and a half of rain," said P.J. Campo, vice president/director of racing. "Obviously, that could change. Sunday is supposed to be a nice day. I don't want to do it, but I just think it's the best thing."

This is the second straight weekend that NYRA has elected to postpone turf stakes. Last weekend, with rain in the forecast, NYRA moved the Grade 3 Athenia from Saturday to Wednesday and the Grade 3 Knickerbocker from Sunday to Thursday.