Aqueduct Racing Cancelled for Friday due to Weather

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) has canceled Friday’s live racing program at Aqueduct Racetrack due to high winds and frigid temperatures forecast to impact the New York metropolitan area.

The National Weather Service (NWS), which aligns with forecasts provided by NYRA’s independent weather services, is calling for sustained high winds throughout the day on Friday with gusts as high as 39 mph. Those conditions will create dangerous wind chill values between -5 and 5 throughout the downstate region.

As a result, NYRA has canceled Friday’s eight-race card in the interest of the safety of all participants.

Live racing at Aqueduct will be conducted as scheduled this afternoon with Thursday’s eight-race card offering a first post of 12:50 p.m. Eastern and will resume on Saturday, January 30 with a nine-race card highlighted by the Grade 3, $150,000 Toboggan. First post on Saturday is 12:20 p.m.

Source: NYRA

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