Saratoga Taking Precautions Ahead of Predicted Heat Wave

by | 07.18.2013 | 3:22pm

With weather forecasters calling for Friday temperatures in the low to mid 90s, New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) officials are taking additional precautions to ensure that horses and humans remain comfortable during the opening-day race card at Saratoga Race Course.

  • Multiple veterinarians will be positioned throughout the horse paths, paddock, winner's circle and racetrack to carefully monitor all horses before and after each race.
  • Extra water hoses will be operated at various junctures during the horses' travel to and from the racetrack, including at the paddock and winner's circle where horses unsaddle after a race.
  • Personnel with buckets of ice will be positioned similarly around the racing facility where horses pass by.
  • Additional water will be provided to the jockeys' quarters to ensure that they remain well-hydrated.
  • Five-pound bags of ice will be available to patrons for purchase at selected concession outlets.

“While we have every intention of running tomorrow as scheduled, we will, of course, stay in close contact with veterinarians, horsemen, riders, and state regulators tomorrow morning and throughout the day,” said Christopher Kay, President and CEO of NYRA. “The NYRA staff is accustomed to and adept at dealing with hot weather days at Saratoga. We anticipate a normal day of racing here tomorrow.”


  • Hoops and Horses

    This week will mark the likely fifth and sixth situations since NYRA switched this from being closing week at Belmont to opening week at Saratoga where if we were still at Belmont, there would have been cancellations as Thursday and Friday of a Thursday-Sunday closing week probably would have been canceled due to extreme heat at Belmont whereas it’s just enough cooler at Saratoga to safely race (we likely would have lost the closing Saturday in 2010 and the closing Thursday, Friday and Saturday in 2011 to extreme heat had NYRA stayed at Belmont through this week and then went to Saratoga as was the case through 2009).

    • Don Reed

      Might that be you, Mr. Corrow?

  • Figless

    The is way more dangerous than running in winter….

  • betterthannothing

    What about starting with no lasix?

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