Churchill cancels Thursday card because of heat

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Churchill Downs has canceled Thursday's race card because the temperature is expected to be around 100 degrees.

Track President Kevin Flanery said in a statement on Tuesday that Churchill consulted with the National Weather Service before deciding to cancel racing, and would continue to do so for the three remaining race days -- Friday through Sunday -- of the spring meet. The weather service expects highs around 100 all three days.

Thursday's post time was set for 12:45 p.m. EDT. Friday's races begin at 2:45 p.m., and Saturday features an evening card, starting at 6 p.m. The first post on Sunday is set for 12:45 p.m., and the $150,000 Grade II Firecracker Handicap is scheduled that day.

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