Aqueduct: Long-Range Weather Forecast Making It Difficult To Reschedule Postponed Stakes

Frigid temperatures over the past week or so have played havoc with racetracks in the eastern half of the country, causing many to cancel racing and postpone stakes races.

With the current forecast calling for more freezing temps through the weekend, the Daily Racing Form reports that New York Racing Association officials are having a difficult time trying to reschedule five stakes races already lost to the earlier cancellations.

NYRA officials have had to cancel three full cards thus far, including the New Year’s Day card which featured the Jerome Stakes for 3-year-olds. The race offers qualifying points for the 2018 Kentucky Derby.

Martin Panza, NYRA’s senior vice president for racing operations, told the Form that the earliest the Jerome could be held would be Jan. 11. Panza said he does not want to reschedule the Jerome or any of the other four stakes lost on days when it’s possible there will be a cancellation.

“We’re going to get to them,” Panza said. “Right now, the forecast for [this] week does not look good. I don’t want to card them back and cancel them again. We ask the horsemen to be patient. When we get a weather pattern where we think we’re okay, we’ll put them in place. We’ll give the horsemen a week’s notice or as much notice as we can.”

Read more in the Daily Racing Form

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