OCEANPORT, N.J. — Monmouth Park canceled all non-stakes races for July 20 and will run several stakes races later in the day.
Dennis Drazin, Chairman and CEO of Darby Development, operators of Monmouth Park, on the decision to run an abbreviated remaining schedule on Haskell Day issued the following statement:
“We’ve been carefully monitoring the heat for days, including today, and we have a staff of veterinarians and state veterinarians, independent vets and consultants, all of whom tell us it’s safe to run, that we’re below the level required for the recommendation for cancellation.
“However, given the heightened concern from the public about the heat, and in the interest of the safety of the horses, we’ve decided to proceed with an abundance of caution, to cancel the remaining non-stakes races and to delay the six stakes races until a later post time starting at 6 p.m., with those races 25 minutes apart. The Haskell Invitational will now have a post time of 8:05 p.m.
“We’re doing this to err on the side of caution.”
Following the first two races, Monmouth Park cancelled races three, four, six, seven, 13 and 14.
The adjusted schedule and post times are as follows:
The Oceanport Stakes, listed as the 5th race in the program, will have a post time of 6 p.m.
The Molly Pitcher Stakes, listed as the eighth race in the program, will have a post time of 6:25 p.m.
The Wolf Hill Stakes, listed as the ninth race in the program, will have a post time of 6:53 p.m.
The Monmouth Cup, listed as the 10th race on the program, will have a post time of 7:15 p.m.
The WinStar Matchmaker Stakes, listed as the 11th race in the program, will have a post time of 7:40 p.m.
The Haskell Invitational, listed as the 12th race, will have a post time of 8:05 p.m. and will be the last race on the abbreviated card.
Parx, Saratoga and other tracks canceled racing altogether and the Meadowlands moved their start time to 8 p.m.
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