If you’ve been following the weather reports you know this weekend is shaping up to be a scorcher. NYRA is acting accordingly when it comes to the track this Saturday.
NYRA, in working with the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA) and under the recommendation of the New York State Gaming Association (NYSGC) has cancelled Saturday’s card of racing on July 20th at the Saratoga Race Course due to the heat forecasted.
The National Weather Service predicts temperatures to get up to 105 to 110 degrees on Saturday.
Training will be permitted on the main track and Oklahoma training track in the normally cooler temperatures during the morning training hours.
NYRA hasn’t cancelled an entire Saratoga racing card because of extreme heat since August 2, 2006.
“We fully support the sensible decision reached in consultation with all parties to ensure a safe racing arena for our beloved equine athletes,” NYTHA President Joe Appelbaum said in a statement.