Heat wave forces Colonial Downs and others to cancel racing on Sunday

July 01, 2012 | Gary Quill

COLONIAL DOWNS cancelled their SUNDAY afternoon card due to the power outage which hit the facility on Saturday night shortly after the running of the 4th race. As a result the remainder of the SATURDAY night card, races 5 thru 10 were cancelled.

Word of today’s cancellation came Stu Slagle of the Colonial Downs racing office via the tracks facebook page. There was no mention of if/when the day would be lost or made up prior to the last day of the meet (July 28th). Power had been restored to the New Kent, VA track just prior to the announcement. Racing is scheduled to resume on Wednesday as the track takes advantage of the 4th of July holiday and will be dark on Thursday. One would think that instead of losing a day in this short meet, track management should make-up SUNDAY’s lost card on Thursday?!

With the extreme heat still across the country, many tracks have been cancelling or shifting their cards to the night hours… that is tracks who have lights. On Saturday both Delaware Park and Parx cancelled. With the forecast all along the East Coast is for high temperatures in the upper 90’s with high humidity, Parx and Charlestown joined Colonial Downs in cancelling their Sunday card.

Recapping selections from Saturday, June 30th four races that were run had 2 winners (0 Top Selections; payoffs in BOLD) having $2 WIN pay-offs being $2.60 (1st race) and $7.80 (2nd). The BEST BET of the Day (14 5-2-0) was scheduled to run in the 6th race, but races were cancelled from the 5th race on. The LONGSHOT PICK (14 0-3-3) ran in the 1st race, if you want to call finishing 6th by 38 lengths “running”, more like “walking”.