OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) — With excessive warmth draining fanatics and inflicting fear in regards to the horses, Monmouth Park canceled six races and driven again till early night its stakes races, together with the $1 million Haskell Invitational headlined via Most Safety.
The verdict got here after the beginning of the primary race used to be behind schedule and the racing card used to be re-evaluated after the second one race.
The Nationwide Climate Carrier once more posted an over the top warmth caution advisory Saturday, with close to stable temperatures within the decrease 90s in Monmouth County. The warmth index values reached 107.
Animal rights activists protested out of doors the New Jersey Shore observe earlier than the primary race used to be to run.
Dennis Drazin, chairman and leader government of Darby Building, operators of Monmouth Park, stated a gaggle of observe, state and unbiased veterinarians monitored the warmth for days and felt it used to be protected to race.
“Alternatively, given the heightened fear from the general public in regards to the warmth, and within the pastime of the security of the horses and jockeys, we’ve got made up our minds to continue with an abundance of warning, to cancel the rest nonstakes races and to lengthen the six stakes races,” he stated.
Drazin stated he were involved with New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, who left the verdict on whether or not to race to Drazin. He went with warning, fearing hurt to the horses and the trade if there have been a loss of life.
With racing beneath power as a result of many horse deaths horses in California, maximum East coast tracks on Friday canceled their Saturday playing cards, together with Saratoga Race Route and Finger Lakes in New York and Laurel Park in Maryland.
A crowd of 37,186 attended closing 12 months’s Haskell, and some other large crowd used to be anticipated Saturday for Monmouth Park’s greatest racing day. When the announcement got here of canceled races and the behind schedule stakes, fanatics streamed to the exits.
Drazin stated no choice were made on the way to compensate fanatics who paid for admission and parking.
Along with the Haskell, the cardboard’s different stakes races are The Oceanport, The Molly Pitcher, The Wolf Hill, The Monmouth Cup and the Matchmaker.
The beginning of the primary race used to be behind schedule via virtually 40 mins, with out a reason why given on the time for the transfer. The 14-race card used to be reassessed after the following race. The six stakes races have been reset for six p.m., with the Haskell at Eight:05 p.m.
Most Safety, who completed first within the Kentucky Derby after which used to be disqualified, leads the sphere of 7 within the 1 1/Eight-mile Haskell.
The primary two races went off with out incident. The horses have been hosed down at the observe after the races. There have been misting fanatics within the paddock earlier than the races.
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