SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club has canceled Thursday's races due to the threat of rain.
DMTC officials announced the suspension on Friday out of caution for the horses' safety as the rain is likely to make the Del Mar Fairgrounds' dirt and grass tracks unsuitable for racing.
The organization's officials consulted with the California Horse Racing Board and the Thoroughbred Owners of California before making the decision.
"We know this is unusual for Del Mar but equine and rider safety is always our primary concern,'' DMTC Executive Vice President for Racing Tom Robbins said.
"We'll make a call next week as to whether or not we'll have training on Wednesday and Thursday.'' According to the DMTC, races are still scheduled for Friday through Sunday, with first posts at 12:30 p.m.