ninth and final race on Sunday at Aqueduct Racetrack was canceled after
a harrowing tractor broke down on the outer rail of the backstretch of
the inner track.
Photo: New York Daily News
the tractor could not be removed prior to sunset (4:43 p.m.), the race
was called off by the stewards. A New York State Gaming Commission rule
prohibits the start of a race after sunset.
mutual agreement of all three stewards, we elected to cancel the race
rather than run it under potentially unsafe circumstances," said New
York Racing Association (NYRA) Steward Braulio Baeza, Jr. "We were also
running out of daylight and, by rule, we cannot start a race after
sunset. In any event, we are always going to err on the side of
are certainly disappointed to have been forced to cancel today's final
race," said Martin Panza, Senior Vice President of Racing Operations for
NYRA. "The tractor's transmission locked up, and it could not be
removed in expedient fashion. The safety of our horses and riders always
comes first, and the only sensible move was to cancel the ninth race.
Our apologies go out to all bettors, fans and horsemen who were
inconvenienced by this unfortunate circumstance."
win, place, show, exacta, trifecta, and superfecta wagers on the ninth
race were refunded. All runners in the last race were declared winners
in the Daily Double, Pick 3, Pick 4, and Pick 6 pools. By New York State
Gaming Commission rule, the $24,569 Pick 6 carryover was not paid out
today. Instead, the $24,569 will be carried over when racing resumes on