Delaware Park
Racing at Delaware Park – off in the 2018 Carl Hanford Memorial Stakes. Photo by Allison Janezic.

In the midst of a punishing heat wave, Delaware Park will cancel its June 30 card. Racing is set to resume on July 1.

The track announced the decision in a text message to horsemen Tuesday morning.

The text said that the decision to cancel was “due to the extreme heat and on the advice of the Delaware State Vet.”

The track had a nine-race card scheduled for Wednesday. That included three races on the turf, with full fields in all, and a waiver-maiden claiming contest for two-year-old fillies. One of Wednesday’s races, a $6,250 claimer going 5 1/2 furlongs on the main track, is being brought back as an extra for July 5.

The temperature in nearby Wilmington, DE will reach 93 degrees and currently feels like 100, according to The high temperature on Wednesday is predicted to reach 97 before the heat breaks with cooler temperatures projected through the weekend.

New Castle County, where the track is located, is under an excessive heat warning from the National Weather Service, which predicts heat index values up to 105.