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Extreme Cold: Multiple Tracks Cancel Friday Racing

Due to extreme cold temperatures in the region, Oaklawn Park, Charles Town Races, Turfway Park, and Aqueduct Racetrack will cancel racing on Friday, Jan. 21.

Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark. will cancel both training and racing on Friday.

The National Weather Service predicts temperatures as low as 16 degrees (F) on Thursday night, with a high of just 35 on Friday. Wind chills on Friday could be as low as 7.

According to the track's Twitter feed, the goal is to resume racing and training on Saturday, Jan. 22, with post time Saturday afternoon moved to a 1:00 PM (Central) start time.

Normal schedules at Oaklawn are expected to resume on Sunday, Jan. 23.

Due to the ongoing effects of the winter weather and continued cold temperatures, Charles Town's live racing program scheduled for Friday evening, Jan. 21 has been cancelled. The West Virginia track is currently scheduled to resume racing on Saturday night with its standard first race post time of 7:00 P.M. EST.

Turfway Park in Florence, Ky. posted on Twitter that it will also cancel Friday's card.

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) has canceled Friday's live racing program at Aqueduct Racetrack due to extremely cold weather forecast in the New York City metropolitan area.

The National Weather Service forecast, which aligns with NYRA's independent weather services, is calling for extremely cold temperatures with the potential for wind chill values near zero. As a result, NYRA officials made the decision to cancel Friday's eight-race card in the interest of the safety of all participants.

Aqueduct Racetrack will remain open for simulcasting.

Live racing at Aqueduct will resume on Saturday, Jan. 22 with a nine-race card featuring the $100,000 Jazil and the $100,000 Franklin Square. First post on Saturday is 12:20 p.m. Eastern.

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