Cancellation of the 2024 Peter O'Sullevan Lambourn Open Day Announced

The 2024 Peter O'Sullevan Lambourn Open Day--due to be staged on Good Friday, March 29--has been cancelled, it was announced on Monday. For over 30 years the annual charity event has offered a look behind the scenes of the racing industry, with various training yards and attractions opening their doors to the public. However, following an exceptionally wet spring, the decision has been made to cancel the hugely popular event in 2024 due to either flooded or unusable car parks. The Peter O'Sullevan Lambourn Open Day's chairman, Mark Smyly, said,...

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With Heavy Rain Forecasted, Santa Anita Cancels Friday's Card

Santa Anita has canceled Friday's card due to heavy rain forecast for the area beginning Thursday. Most of the races scheduled for Friday will be brought back as "extras" on Saturday, according to a notice from the racing office. "We're looking at a low end of probably two inches of rain between late Thursday and Friday with a high end closer to five inches," said Jason Egan, Santa Anita director of racing and racing secretary. Friday was originally scheduled to be a dark day at Santa Anita following Monday's special...

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Woodbine Cancels Thursday Racing

Woodbine Entertainment has cancelled its Thursday, Aug. 26, card due to extreme heat and high humidity. A heat warning has been issued by the Meteorological Service of Canada to the Toronto area of Ontario, where Woodbine is located. Live racing is scheduled to resume Friday, Aug. 27, with the first race at 4:50 p.m. ET.

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Rain Forces Pimlico to Cancel Friday Card

With persistent heavy rain falling and more in the forecast throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, Friday's live program at Pimlico was canceled after the second race. According to the National Weather Service, up to an inch of rain had fallen in the Baltimore area with another inch expected. The NWS also issued flood warnings for Central Baltimore County and Baltimore City. The national weekly Stronach 5 wager, which was scheduled to begin with Pimlico's eighth-race finale, was also canceled. Live action is scheduled to return to Pimlico with an eight-race program...

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Women Jockeys' World Cup Cancelled For Second Year

The Women Jockey's World Cup has been cancelled for the second year running due to continuing COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. Started at Bro Park in Stockholm, Sweden in 2017, the event is traditionally staged in June and has seen riders from 12 countries compete during the first three editions. Dennis Madsen Svensk Galopp's Director of Racing said, "It is very frustrating to have to cancel the Women Jockeys' World Cup for a second year running. "The international nature of the event requires early planning and even with the concessions that are...

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White Turf Meeting Cancelled for 2021

The 2021 White Turf meeting at St. Moritz in Switzerland will not take place due to COVID-19, the St. Moritz Racing Association (SMRA) announced on Thursday. The unique winter event has been postponed to Feb. 6, 13, and 20 of 2022, instead. As it stands, there have been an increasing number of coronavirus infections according to the Swiss Federal Office for Public Health (BAG). The Snow Polo World Cup was also postponed earlier this month, and, as the SMRA share the costs of building the tent city on the lake...

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Hamilton Called Off for Friday

Hamilton's eight-race Friday evening card has been cancelled due to areas of false ground, Clerk of the Course Harriet Graham confirmed on Twitter. Thursday afternoon's inspection revealed false patches inside the final 400 metres of the course. The area has received 54mm of rain in the last 48 hours. "Racing abandoned @HamiltonParkRC [because of] areas of false ground we are unable to avoid and with rain forecast again during racing, sadly we have decided to call racing off.," she tweeted.

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2020 West Virginia Derby Cancelled

In a reversal from an earlier announcement, the Aug. 1 West Virginia Derby program at Mountaineer Park has been cancelled. Changes in West Virginia's COVID-19 policy and the logistics of shippers, both equine and human, prompted the change. The regular racing program, which had already been scheduled to be conducted without patrons, will not be affected.

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Laytown Cancels 2020 Card

The Laytown Races Committee has cancelled the Sept. 1 Laytown race meeting at Laytown strand, Horse Racing Ireland announced on Tuesday. The decision was made due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and for public health and safety reasons. All customers that have already purchased tickets and other hospitality options will receive a full refund. "Laytown Races is in a unique position as we race under temporary facilities and our racetrack on the beach is a fantastic amenity, open to the public," said Laytown Races Chairman Joe Collins. "As the health...

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Shergar Cup Cancelled Due to Coronavirus

The 2020 Dubai Shergar Cup at Ascot has been cancelled due to the coronavirus, Racing TV reported. Originally scheduled for Aug. 8, the four-team jockey competition played host to some of the world's best riders, but with the current travel restrictions, as well as crowds at sporting events being prohibited, Ascot decided to call off the 2020 event. "Regrettably, given the complexities of flying jockeys around the world and uncertainty over what government regulations will be in place at the time, the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup won't take place...

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