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Monmouth cancels training on Saturday

10/26/2007

OCEANPORT, N.J. -- The persistent wet weather here, coupled with a grim forecast for Saturday morning, has led Monmouth Park to close its main track for training on Saturday morning, the second day of the two-day Breeders' Cup festival, according to Bob Juliano, the track's superintendent and director of facilities.

"We want to keep the track sealed," said Juliano, who left the track sealed for racing on Friday. "We're probably going to get a good inch of rain tomorrow morning, but it's supposed to clear out by 1 p.m. or 2."

Preventing training in the morning is designed to put less wear and tear on the track in advance of the day's racing.

The main track was listed as muddy for racing on Friday. Juliano said the turf would be listed as good for the first turf race Friday.

"But it'll probably be downgraded to yielding after that," he said.