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Arctic blast causes horse racing parks across country to cancel cards

Posted in Horse Racing News

A recent arctic blast of cold air will keep the eastern United States cold through January and prevent some horse racing parks from stakes races due to the hazardous temperatures.

Live racing from New York’s Aqueduct Park has been canceled due to the cold weather. With temperatures in Queens, New York not expected to reach above 30 degrees the upcoming week, a number of stakes races will need to be rescheduled by the New York Racing Association.

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Temperatures below freezing also canceled Thursday’s card at Aqueduct Park and deteriorating track conditions led to officials canceling Saturday’s card following Race 4.

Further south in Maryland, Laurel Park also decided to cancel its Sunday and Monday cards due to cold weather, the track announced on New Year’s Eve. Laurel Park, located just outside of Washington, D.C., aren’t expected to have temperatures break 25 degrees.

Like Aqueduct, Laurel Park canceled its latter races Saturday after two horses fell due to the track conditions.

Neither horses were severely hurt in the incidents but many jockeys voiced their concern for fear of getting bucked off.

“Due to deteriorating conditions and for safety considerations, we canceled the remainder of the races,” Sal Sinatra, president of the Maryland Jockey Club said on Saturday, via the Daily Racing Form. “I spoke to the riders, and we all agreed to cancel. We are going to work on the track overnight.”

Cold temperatures and winter weather also caused tracks to cancel cards at Turfway Park in Kentucky, Parx in Pennsylvania, and Hawthorne Race Course in Illinois. For a full list of track cancelations click here.

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