Heat Wave Halts Racing at Saratoga, Other Tracks

Extreme heat in the East is taking its toll on racing, as six tracks cancelled racing for either Tuesday or Wednesday. Among the most prominent cancellations was Saratoga, which called off live racing for Wednesday.

In a morning meeting with trainers, jockeys, the track veterinarian, stewards, track superintendent and senior management, a unanimous decision was reached 8:12 a.m. to call off the races, according to a release from the New York Racing Association.

"The consensus in the room was to take the ultimate precaution and cancel the entire card for the safety of all participants," said Bill Nader, NYRA senior vice president. "Racing will resume tomorrow and Friday's card will be expanded to a 10-race program."

For the second day in a row, Delaware Park cancelled its Wednesday card, citing advice of the commission's veterinarian who said the extreme heat "poses a threat to the health and safety of the jockeys and the horses."

The next scheduled race day at the track is Saturday, when high temperatures are forecast to be in the 80s.

Also cancelling Wednesday racing was Suffolk Downs and Monmouth Park.

In addition to Delaware Park, tracks that cancelled Tuesday racing due to heat were Colonial Downs in Virginia and Finger Lakes in upstate New York.

According to the National Weather Service, temperatures in southern New England and the Middle Atlantic region will reach 100 degrees Wednesday, with high humidity levels adding to the heat.

From The Blood-Horse, www.bloodhorse.com.

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