(Auburn, WA) Emerald Downs racing officials have cancelled racing for Sunday, June 27 as a precaution to the expected excessive heat warning issued by the National Weather service. Temperatures are expected to reach as high as 101-degrees. Concern for the horses, jockeys, staff and fans is the reason for the caution.
Temperatures are expected to reach the low 100’s on Saturday and Sunday and mid to upper 90’s on Friday and Monday but the only race day scheduled was on Sunday. The 50-day meet is set to switch from the current Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday schedule the first week of July where they will run Thursday and Saturday evenings and on Sunday with the post time at 2:30.
The race-day will not likely be made up as an additional day since the track has already shifted to the 3 day schedule adding a 4th day would be difficult with the current horse population. However, officials say they intend to add races to existing cards to make up for the missed races throughout the rest of the season. This allows owners, trainers and jockeys a chance at the missed purses from Sunday’s cancelled card.
It is also pretty safe for fans to keep an eye out for future cancellations when the temperatures start hitting mid-90’s and higher. If the National weather forecast for this summer holds true there could be other days that track officials may have to make a change. Not unlike last year when the smoke issue from the severe forest fires made the air unsafe and days were lost but ultimately added a few days at the end of the schedule in that case.
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The track’s 5th floor will remain open for simulcast wagering on Sunday. We will update this story when we get additional information.