Severe Weather forces Pimlico cancellation; Extreme heat precipitates cancellation of Delaware Park Saturday card

July 17, 2021

BALTIMORE, Md. – A severe weather system passing through the area, producing heavy rain and multiple lighting strikes, forced the cancellation of Saturday’s live race program at historic Pimlico Race Course.

Forecast to bring wind gusts up to 60 mph and quarter-size hail, the storm rolled in shortly before Saturday’s fifth race and, following a delay, the decision was made to cancel racing out of safety concerns for horses, horsemen and fans.

Live racing is scheduled to return to Pimlico with a seven-race program Sunday, starting at 12:40 p.m. The feature comes in Race 6, a stakes-quality optional claiming allowance sprinting six furlongs and featuring the return of multiple stakes-winning 3-year-old Kenny Had a Notion in his first race against older horses. Among the competition are fellow stakes winners Eastern Bay and Arthur’s Hope and stakes-placed Wondrwherecraigis.

Delaware Park also cancels remainder of Saturday’s card

Per Delaware Park @DelParkRacing on Twitter: “Remaining races on card at [Delaware Park] cancelled due to heat.”

Per Saddles and Sulkies @SadandSulk on Twitter: “Card canceled at Delaware Park following an incident where a horse collapsed just [past] the finish line in the 2nd race, incident possible heat related. Jockey [Victor Carrasco] walked to the emergency vehicle. Horse did get up after water applied.” 

Maryland Jockey Club Press Release

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