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Santa Anita cancels Thursday race card because of heat

Santa Anita cancels Thursday race card because of heat
Jockey Rafael Bejarano guides On the Backstreets to victory in the Ultrafleet Stakes on Friday at Santa Anita Park. The track is suspending racing on Thursday because of excessive heat and will resume races on Friday. (Benoit Photo / Associated Press)

Santa Anita Park has canceled its live thoroughbred racing program for Thursday because of the excessive heat, the track announced Wednesday.

Temperatures in the Arcadia area Thursday are forecast to top 100 degrees.

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The track plans to resume racing on Friday.

"In consultation with our stakeholders and the Jockeys Guild, we feel it is best to cancel Thursday and resume racing as originally scheduled for Friday," track President Tom Ludt said in a news release.

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