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Dover Downs only track open; Northfield cancels

05:12 AM 08 Jan 2014 NZDT
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With Northfield Park in Ohio cancelling their live race card tonight due to the extreme cold weather, Dover Downs in Delaware is slated to be the only harness racing track in all of North America to have live racing today.

It is very rare that only one Standardbred facility in all of North America is open. The extreme cold weather is wrecking havic throughout the United States and Canada on everything from living conditions, air travel and, of course, horse racing. 

In some states the Racing Commissions are telling tracks they must not have live racing due to the safety factor for the horses and drivers who would be exposed to the extreme conditions and they are correct in doing so. Other facilities have discussed racing with their horsemen's association and have jointly agreed to cancel. 

The forcast for Dover Downs this afternoon and evening is for a high of only 10 degrees with a wind chill factor of -10. But according to the race office this morning they are going to race.

There is a lot of simulcasting revenue on the line for the only track in North America to be racing but hopefully the horses and drivers competing out in the freezing elements will be OK.

By Steve Wolf for 

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