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Saratoga: A Heat Index Of 105 Will Launch Conversation About Race Safety – Horse Racing News

Saratoga: A Heat Index Of 105 Will Launch Conversation About Race Safety - Horse Racing News

With the National Weather Service predicting “uncomfortable” temperatures for Thursday in upstate New York, the Times-Union revealed Saratoga’s heat management protocols and what it would take for the track to cancel racing. An excessive heat warning is in place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, with the heat index projected to reach 107.

Developed by Dr. Scott Palmer, the New York State Gaming Commission’s Equine Medical Director, the protocols indicated that when the heat index reaches 105, the “racetrack veterinarian should contact the stewards or judges and track management to advise them of the presence of dangerous weather conditions.” This then launches a discussion about whether racing should be allowed to continue.

Racing was last cancelled due to excessive heat on July 20, 2019, when the heat index reached 110.

Read more at the Times-Union.