Aqueduct Cancels Races to Protect Surface

Due to heavy overnight rains continuing into April 4, the New York Racing Association canceled live racing at Aqueduct yesterday in an effort to preserve the racing surface for today's Wood Memorial program.

Aqueduct remained open for full-card simulcasts.

"The main track is tight and in good shape, but factoring in that it only opened for racing two days ago, and that we have Aqueduct's best day of racing (Saturday), we are doing everything we can to ensure optimum racing conditions for our big Wood Memorial Day card," NYRA racing secretary and handicapper P.J. Campo said. "The track is sealed so moisture doesn't soak in. We're confident that our cautious approach will result in excellent racing conditions (April 5)."

Post time for today's 11-race card is 1 p.m. EDT. The Wood Memorial day card features an all-stakes guaranteed $400,000 pick four.

(This article first appeared on

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