weather icon Clear

Heat wave forces cancellation of horse racing cards

A heat wave gripping the Midwest and East Coast has forced numerous horse racetracks to cancel cards on Friday and over the weekend.

The New York Racing Association canceled Saturday’s card at Saratoga due to excessive heat forecast for eastern New York, where the heat index could climb as high as 110 degrees in the afternoon.

Other tracks canceling racing on Friday, Saturday or Sunday included Belterra Park in Cincinnati (Friday and Saturday); Delaware Park (Saturday); Ellis Park in Henderson County, Kentucky (Friday and Saturday); Finger Lakes, New York (Saturday); Laurel Park in Laurel, Maryland (Saturday and Sunday); Parx Racing in Bensalem, Pennsylvania (Saturday); and Woodbine Racetrack in Etobicoke, Ontario (Friday).

Monmouth Park in Oceanport, New Jersey, plans to proceed with its program on Saturday despite forecasts of a triple digit heat index.

The card is headlined by the $1 million Haskell Invitational featuring Maximum Security, the first horse ever to be disqualified after crossing the finish line first in the Kentucky Derby. The race also is scheduled to be broadcast by NBC Sports.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
Sports Betting Spotlight Videos
NFL betting preview: No. 19, Carolina Panthers

After a healthy Cam Newton led Carolina to a 6-2 start last season, he injured his shoulder and the Panthers promptly lost seven straight games en route to a 7-9 record.

NFL betting preview: No. 21, Tennessee Titans

When CG Technology sportsbook opened its NFL season win totals in April, sharp bettors wagered on the Titans to go under 8½ wins, and under 8 is a minus 140 favorite.

NFL betting preview: No. 22, New York Jets

New York has the NFL’s second-easiest schedule based on its opponents’ 2019 win totals and fifth-easiest schedule based on its opponents’ 2018 win percentage.