Santa Anita Park cancels New Year’s races due to heavy rain

ARCADIA, Calif. (CNS) — Santa Anita Park canceled its New Year’s race program on Sunday due to heavy rains in the area.

The race is expected to continue on Monday with 10 races. The first post is scheduled for noon.

Track officials said all tickets sold for Sunday will be automatically fully refunded with no further action required from buyers.

Santa Anita’s race director Chris Merz said 1.5 inches of rain fell on the main course, which was sealed at the end of Saturday’s nine-race map. Sunday’s feature, the $200,000 Grade III Santa Ynez for 2-year-old fillies, has been moved to January 8th.

Four of Sunday’s canceled night races – races 3, 5, 6 and 8 – will be brought back as “extras” for the Friday card drawn on Sunday. According to Merz, there is unlikely to be a grass race on Friday as another significant rainstorm is forecast in the area mid-week.

The Corgi Winter Nationals, scheduled to be held in the infield, have been rescheduled to Sunday, February 19. Pre-ordered tickets have already been transferred to the new date.

At Cypress, Los Alamitos Race Course planned to hold its scheduled 10-race program on Sunday evening, with the first post taking place at 5:00 p.m. Los Alamitos also held Saturday night races despite rainfall in the area causing a wet track.

In the ninth race on Saturday night, a 3-year-old filly named Famous Miss Kitty was injured and euthanized behind the wire, according to track officials.

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