Severe Winter Weather Causes Racetrack Cancellations
Extreme winter weather has caused racetrack cancellations at a number of locations including at Aqueduct in New York on Saturday, January 23 for the $100,000 Busanda Stakes. The New York Racing Association announced that the decision was made in anticipation of “extreme winter weather conditions and out of an abundance of caution for our equine athletes and their jockeys,” according to a NYRA release.
The Busanda Stakes is rescheduled for Sunday, January 31. Aqueduct will remain open for simulcasting Saturday, while the winter hat and glove giveaway has been rescheduled for Saturday, January 30.
Laurel Park in Maryland announced it cancelled live racing Saturday and Sunday as snow and blizzard conditions hit the Baltimore and Washington area. The track canceled its Friday, January. 22 program after the fifth race for the safety of its customers, employees, jockeys, horses, and horsemen.
Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore is closed for simulcasting Saturday.
Monmouth Park Racetrack in New Jersey is also closed for simulcasting Saturday as 5-8 inches of snow and high winds hit Oceanport.
High winds caused the cancellation of racing at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans Friday night, as the jockey’s voted not to ride.
Oaklawn Park in Arkansas cancelled the Friday card following an inch of rain and snow Thursday. Racing will resume Saturday with the $100,000 American Beauty Stakes, and Oaklawn will remain open for gaming and simulcast racing.
Turfway Park in Kentucky cancelled live racing and music Friday, and both Penn National Race Course in Pennsylvania and Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races in West Virginia cancelled live racing Friday and Saturday.