Golden Gate Fields has cancelled its Thursday race card after an issue with a main gas line led to a loss of hot water at the facility.
“There had been an issue with the gas lines that do not belong to us, and when it was fixed, it caused some issues in other areas, when they re-pressurized the lines,” explained Aidan Butler, chief strategy officer at The Stronach Group. “It doesn’t appear to be serious, but as a precaution, we decided to cancel Thursday’s racing.”
Live racing is scheduled to resume at the Northern California oval Friday, but Butler said official word on that card would have to wait.
“I’m hopeful we’ll have racing back ASAP,” he said. “Ordinarily, they might have given me a time frame that we’d be offline. They haven’t told me that, all they have told me is that they are working on it. But, the moment I know it is resolved, I will radio it out as quickly as I can so the officials, staff and horsemen are well aware. So for the moment, it’s just for the one day, but I should know more by the end of the day.”