The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) has canceled Friday's live racing program at Aqueduct Racetrack due to significant rainfall forecast to create hazardous weather conditions in the New York metropolitan area, according to a press release issued Friday morning.
With as much as five inches of rain expected, Ozone Park is under a flash flood warning and flood watch throughout the day on Friday. As a result, Friday's 11-race card has been canceled in the interest of the safety of all participants.
Aqueduct Racetrack will remain open for simulcasting on Friday.
NYRA has yet to determine a new schedule for Friday's featured GIII, $150,000 Noble Damsel and $125,000 Ashley T. Cole.
Live racing at Aqueduct is scheduled to resume Saturday with an 11-race card featuring the GI $500,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic, the GII $400,000 Woodward, the GII $250,000 Gallant Bloom and the GII $250,000 Vosburgh, a “Win and You're In” for the GI Breeders' Cup Sprint. First post is 12:05 p.m. Eastern.
The all-turf Monmouth-at-Meadowlands cards for Friday, Sept. 29 and Saturday, Sept. 30 have also been canceled due to inclement weather.