Tropical Storm Ophelia Cancels Racing up the East Coast


Tropical Storm Ophelia brought heavy rains and high winds causing the cancellations of race cards from the Mid-Atlantic area to New York with the exception of Parx Racing in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, that had a huge day planned with the Pennsylvania Derby and 13-race undercard.

The Maryland Jockey Club has announced that Saturday’s 10-race program at Pimlico Race Course has been cancelled due to deteriorating weather conditions in the mid-Atlantic caused by Tropical Storm Ophelia.

First race post time for Sunday’s 10-race program is scheduled at 12:55 p.m.

Due to the extreme weather conditions in the Mid-Atlantic caused by Tropical Storm Ophelia, the live racing card has been cancelled at Delaware Park today.  This live racing day has been rescheduled to be run on Friday, November 3rd.  

The revised daily live racing schedule is Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday through the remainder of the meet, which is scheduled to close on Saturday, November 4th.

Live racing is scheduled to resume Wednesday, September 27th.  First race post time is 12:30 p.m.

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) announced Friday that it had canceled Saturday’s live racing program at Aqueduct Racetrack due to high winds and significant rainfall forecast to create hazardous weather conditions in the New York metropolitan area on Saturday.

The National Weather Service (NWS) was calling for sustained high winds with gusts up to 40 MPH and heavy rainfall throughout the day. As a result, Saturday’s 10-race card has been canceled in the interest of the safety of all participants.

Aqueduct Racetrack will remain open for simulcasting on Saturday, and online wagering is available through

Saturday’s featured Grade 3, $150,000 Noble Damsel and $125,000 Ashley T. Cole will be brought back on Friday, September 29 with entries to be taken on Sunday.

Live racing at Aqueduct is scheduled to resume on Sunday with a nine-race card featuring the $125,000 Joseph A. Gimma and the $125,000 Bertram F. Bongard. First post is 1:05.p.m. Eastern.

Source: Past The Wire