Heavy Rain Forces Cancellation Of Second Half Of NYRA’s Saturday Card

by | 06.17.2017 | 3:48pm
Belmont Park

Following unexpectedly heavy rain in the New York City metro area, the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) was forced to cancel the final six races at Belmont Park following the third race on Saturday, June 17 to ensure the safety of all participants.

Simulcasting at Belmont Park and Aqueduct Racetrack will remain open through the day.

Saturday's $194,809 Pick Six carryover will now carryover to Sunday.

First post on Sunday, Father's Day, is 1:30 p.m. Post time for the $300,000 Grade 3 Poker Stakes is 5:13 p.m.

Father's Day gets underway with the popular “Breakfast at Belmont” on Sunday morning, where racing fans can enjoy breakfast in the Belmont Café while watching horses train on the main track beginning at 8 a.m.

In the afternoon, dads can take in a classic car show in the west end of the grandstand and celebrate Father's Day with a Belmont Park t-shirt giveaway, hand-rolled cigars, massages, and a bourbon tasting at the Paddock Terrace Tent. Sunday is also family fun day in Belmont's spacious backyard, with a number of activities for children of all ages.

  • Paul Braus

    there wasn’t that much rain and now it has stopped and the sun is out. I’m not at the track — I’m nearby. Seems like a strange call to cancel. Maybe the jockeys refused to ride – said it was unsafe conditions? I’m sure they have run other days in NY with alot more rain and with continuous rain showers.

    • JustJoe

      The riders always make the call, and that is how it should be.

  • Michael Shea

    I have complimented them recently for the changes they made to the Belmont Stakes Day program. It seems like they do a good job pretty consistently.

  • Jerry Jackson

    Would they have cancelled if the rains came a week earlier?

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