OCEANPORT, N.J. – Just after a four 1/two-hour delay since of intense heat and concern for the horses, Monmouth Park resumed its most significant card of the year, paving the way for the $1 million Haskell Invitational with Maximum Safety to be run just prior to sunset.
The track cancelled six races earlier in the afternoon and pushed back its six stakes races till six p.m.
The selection came following the start off of the very first race was delayed and the racing card was re-evaluated following the second race.
The National Climate Service once more posted an excessive heat warning advisory Saturday, with close to steady temperatures in the reduced 90s in Monmouth County. The heat index values reached 107.
Animal rights activists protested outdoors the New Jersey Shore track prior to the very first race was to run.
Dennis Drazin, chairman and chief executive of Darby Improvement, operators of Monmouth Park, stated a group of track, state and independent veterinarians monitored the heat for days and felt it was secure to race.
“However, provided the heightened concern from the public about the heat, and in the interest of the security of the horses and jockeys, we’ve decided to proceed with an abundance of caution, to cancel the remaining nonstakes races and to delay the six stakes races,” he stated.
Drazin stated he had been in get in touch with with New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy. The governor left the final selection on whether or not to run to Drazin. He opted for caution in delaying the card and cancelling six races, fearing harm to the horses and business if there had been a death.
With racing below stress since of quite a few horse deaths horses in California, most East coast tracks on Friday cancelled their Saturday cards, such as Saratoga Race Course and Finger Lakes in New York and Laurel Park in Maryland.
“It would have designed extra momentum to the crisis that currently exists since of California challenges,” Drazin stated of a probable death of a horse. “We’re on the cusp of a crisis in the business.”
A crowd of 37,186 attended final year’s Haskell, and one more huge crowd was anticipated Saturday for Monmouth Park’s most significant racing day. When the announcement came of cancelled races and the delayed stakes, fans streamed to the exits.
Drazin stated no selection had been created on how to compensate fans who paid for admission and parking.
In addition to the Haskell, the card’s other stakes races are The Oceanport, The Molly Pitcher, The Wolf Hill, The Monmouth Cup and the Matchmaker.
NBC was going to televise the Haskell reside when it had a five:47 p.m. post time. Monmouth spokesman Tom Luicci stated the network planned to fill its five-six p.m. slot with other horse-racing covering. It was going to stream the race reside on its digital platform at eight:05 p.m., he stated.
The start off of the very first race was delayed by just about 40 minutes, with no purpose provided at the time for the move. The 14-race card was reassessed following the subsequent race. The six stakes races had been reset for six p.m., with the Haskell at eight:05 p.m.
Maximum Safety, who completed very first in the Kentucky Derby and then was disqualified, leads the field of seven in the 1 1/eight-mile Haskell.
The very first two races went off with out incident. The horses had been hosed down on the track following the races. There had been misting fans in the paddock prior to the races.
There also was no incident following 4 horses ran in the Oceanport Stakes.