Aqueduct Adds Racing Day After Cancelled Weekend Card Due to Severe Weather
The New York Racing Association (NYRA) has announced the addition of one live racing day to the current Aqueduct winter meet. Live racing is scheduled for Thursday, February 18. Thursday’s card will be composed of entries redrawn from overnight races originally intended from Saturday and Sunday’s cancelled cards.
The coldest temperatures of the season blew into the region with gusts that created dangerous wind chills well below zero. Bitter temperatures and biting winds forced the cancellation of racing on February 13 and 14 at Aqueduct, which included the Broadway and Haynesfield Stakes, each worth $100,000 and restricted to New York-breds. Those two stakes races will be redrawn and run on the Sunday, February 21 card at Aqueduct. The bone-chilling cold also forced the cancellation of horse racing at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races in West Virginia
“As always, our first responsibility is to the safety of our horses and jockeys,” said Martin Panza, NYRA Senior Vice-President of Racing Operations. “It’s unfortunate we lost two days to this weekend’s extreme winter weather conditions but we’re thankful to the New York State Gaming Commission in giving us permission to add this additional day of racing. NYRA would also like to thank our horsemen in helping us to fill this additional racing card.”
The first post time for this Thursday’s racing card is 12:50 p.m. Simulcasting will also be available at Aqueduct and the Belmont Café.
Monday’s President’s Day card at Aqueduct features the $100,000 Hollie Hughes for 4 year-olds and up.