01/27/2015 11:17AM

Winter storm forces Aqueduct to cancel Wednesday racing


A winter storm that brought between 8 and 14 inches of snow to the New York metropolitan area before ending late Tuesday morning forced New York Racing Association officials to cancel Wednesday’s card at Aqueduct.

It is the sixth full-card cancellation of the meet – all since Jan. 7. Another card was scrapped after two races were run.

As of 7 a.m. Tuesday, snowfall amounts at John F. Kennedy Airport, across the highway from Aqueduct, totaled 8.6 inches, according to the National Weather Service. However, snowfall amounts in and around Belmont Park – where the majority of horses who race at Aqueduct are based – were over a foot.

Moreover, the forecast for Wednesday called for temperatures in the low 30s with wind chills between 0 and 10 degrees due to winds forecast between 15 and 25 mph.

Aqueduct will be open for simulcasting on Wednesday though Belmont Park will not.

Officials hope live racing can resume Thursday with an eight-race card scheduled to start at 1:20 p.m. Eastern.


Rosemarie Cola More than 1 year ago
When man fails the horse, nature steps in. The call to cancel racing for awhile was forced on the management of the track . . It wasn't for a long time and it hasn't fixed the problem, but hopefully it will give the meat truck driver time to spend a little time at home.
Michael Jacob More than 1 year ago
I was looking forward to winning the pick 6 that pays 89 dollars.
Tim Roberts More than 1 year ago
Funny! Good post. But if a 4/1 shot sneaks in, it may pay $150 :)
Bob More than 1 year ago
Why the fascination about large fields. Most people cannot make money in a 7 horse field none the less a 12 horse.there is an even money in both regardless. Stop shooting for the stars, you'll never make it.
rennhackr More than 1 year ago
The good old days.New York racing would shut down for the winter ,I'm happy with wagering at Gulfstream and santa anita.They would save and make millions by ending winter racing.
Bob More than 1 year ago
You all sound like you miss it and want it. Don't post , respond or wager on it. It's the only way to change things . Must act in unison which were too weak to do. You'll be the first one to bet IRAD at 3-5.
Brian More than 1 year ago
NYRA can't possibly deny us Thursday's card, where, because of NYRA's inability to understand its own asinine runback rule, there is a maximum of 52 horses to run in the 8 races, including a match race scheduled for the 4th. What will we do without that card?
william More than 1 year ago
Aqueduct is nearly being outhandled by Tampa Bay Downs most days, yet the TOYS R US KID has the gall to cash his 300K bonus check.
Larry Kaufman More than 1 year ago
it should be paid in monopoly dollars
riconap More than 1 year ago
Do we really miss racing at Aqueduct ? Short fields of low quality drug-masked horses running for puffed up Casino purse money and for interests that abuse the fans ( as well as the poor horses) with shenanigans and inconsistencies. Management cares most of all about the bottom line; not the integrity of the game and the health of its' equine and jockey participants. Throw in an ill conceived and I'll managed racing surface and you get what we all see: lousy racing and multiple horse breakdowns.
Larry Kaufman More than 1 year ago
aqueduct is the worst run track in the country.the only person less qualified then christopher kay to run nyra would be new york city dictator mayor diblasio. the casino is open but track closed,maybe if they took slot money away from the track they wouldn't close so fast.aqueduct never had so many cancelations before the casino opened.
MsTBredRacing More than 1 year ago
Glad I'm not the only person who can't stand the two men you mention. Both need to go!
D'Funnybone More than 1 year ago
This is most likely the one cancellation by Aqueduct this Winter that is due to a legitimate weather related reason. Join me in boycotting NYRA's product until the spring, technically until racing switches to Aqueduct's Main Track. Plenty of racing the next 2 months from Florida(Gulfstream, Tampa, and to a lesser extent, Hialeah), The Fair Grounds, Sam Houston, Turf Paradise, Oaklawn Park, and most of these venues offer full fields. This is the reason why I excluded Santa Anita, which doesn't always offer full fields.