Haskell: Delayed Post Time An Option For Hot Saturday At Monmouth

A blazing weather forecast for Saturday has pushed a number of tracks to cancel Saturday racing, but Monmouth Park has opted to remain open and carry out its signature race card of the season, topped by the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational. Temperatures are expected to reach a high of 96 degrees, with heat indexes approaching 106.

Monmouth chairman and CEO Dennis Drazin is prepared for the heat, he told bloodhorse.com, and has the option to delay the card and push the Haskell post time to later in the evening if weather conditions become unsafe. While the planned NBC broadcast of the race is from 5-6 p.m., Drazin said that would have no bearing on his decision.

Other precautions in place include additional water hoses, ice, misting fans in the paddock, and shorter post parades.

‘When you consider that a lot of other tracks have closed, which maybe they would not have done if not for the high scrutiny on the horse racing industry because of the issues at Santa Anita Park this winter, you also have to consider that we are a sea shore track. Sometimes I’m on the paddock side and it’s scorching. Then I go trackside, and with the cool breezes off the ocean, it can be cold,” Drazin said. “It will be a little cooler Saturday because of the breezes, and I think we will be fine.”

Read more at bloodhorse.com.

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