The New York Racing Association has canceled Saturday’s live racing program at Aqueduct Racetrack because of a powerful winter storm forecast to impact the New York City metropolitan area.
A National Weather Service winter storm warning goes into effect for the downstate region at 7 p.m. EST Friday and continues through 7 p.m. Saturday. The NWS forecast, which aligns with NYRA’s independent weather services, is calling for 8-12 inches of snow along with sustained high winds with gusts exceeding 45 mph, according to a NYRA news release. These conditions will produce dangerously low wind-chill values on Saturday. As a result, NYRA has canceled Saturday's card in the interest of the safety of all participants.
Saturday’s featured $150,000 Toboggan (G3) will be re-scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 5.
A decision regarding opening Aqueduct Racetrack for simulcasting will be made on Saturday morning, according to the release.
Live racing at Aqueduct will resume on Sunday with a nine-race card featuring the $100,000 Jimmy Winkfield. First post on Sunday is 12:20 p.m. EST.
Charles Town also has canceled its live racing program scheduled for Saturday, because of low temperatures and high winds forecast to move through the area.
The cancelled card will be moved in its entirety to Wednesday, with the first racing kicking off at Charles Town's standard post time of 7 p.m. EST.
Mahoning Valley also announced a Saturday cancellation. Live racing will resume there on Monday.