Here comes the rain again…

The steady rain that’s falling at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, NY will do more damage over the weekend than what will fall at Belmont Park.  However, if you’re getting tired of rain, sloppy tracks, and races taken off the turf you are not alone.  Since Memorial Day there have been 63 scheduled turf races at Belmont Park and an amazing 28 of them have been transferred to the main track.  Included in the races moved to the dirt was the Hill Prince, which lost its graded status and became the first graded stakes race to be moved off the turf in New York this year.200236712-001

The forecast for this weekend is not pretty, you can see it here, as rain is expected today, tomorrow night, and all day on Saturday.  Are you wondering if the New York Handicap might be transferred to the main track?  That would take a deluge the likes of which is not being predicted but remember that meteorologists have one of the only jobs in the world where you can be consistently wrong and stay employed.

For those of you who use DRF Formulator, you can edit the running lines in races that are taken off the turf so you can see only wet track efforts.  You can also delete scratched horses, which is advantageous in races reduced to just a handful of horses.

Good luck with Thursday’s program and to any of you playing the Pick 6 carryover at Hollywood Park.  I’ll be back tomorrow with a look at stakes races around the country.  Until then, here’s a replay of the Sheepshead Bay Handicap, won by Criticisum, who will be a heavy favorite in Saturday’s soggy New York Handicap.


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